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Note: Studies with human participants are an essential aspect of research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. In order to protect participants and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing extensive infection prevention measures based on the guidelines of the Robert Koch Institute and other scientific findings. Find further information the page information on participant studies/hygiene measures.
General Information on our Studies
The Max Planck Institute for Human Development is always looking for men, women, and children of various ages who are interested in taking part in psychological studies. Here you can find out which projects are currently looking for participants and learn about the conditions for participation. If you have any questions on a specific study, please contact the person indicated. If you would like to participate in a study, please register by completing our contact form.
The methods we use to collect research data differ depending on the topic and the research question being addressed. Some of the methods we use are described here.
Eelectroencephalography (EEG) measures the electrical activity of clusters of nerve cells as reflected in changes in electric potential at various locations on the scalp. EEG scans are safe and non-invasive.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive method used to gain insights into the microstructural properties of the brain.
Virtual Reality Experiments
In the Virtual Reality Lab, participants are immersed in a virtual world where they are observed as they react to specific situations and complete tasks. The tests are individually programmed for each experiment.
Behavioural studies with children and infants
The BabyLab investigates how toddlers and children learn about their environment, what they grasp and what behaviour they adopt.
The data assessed are processed and analyzed using various scientific models. Data protection is paramount at every step in this process. All data are collected and analyzed anonymously. Contact data and other personal information on study participants are collected for research purposes only and are deleted after a period of 6 months or, at the latest, once the study is completed.