Press Releases of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics


„BeGrenzen“ - Experiments with Art

„Verschleiert", 70 x 100, Acryl Malerei und Spray Paint auf Leinwand, von Helga Mayer

The Max Planck House is showing paintings of Helga Mayer.[more]


Girls’ Day: The fascinating world of research

Girls Day at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen on the 23rd of April 2009. Photo: Lisa Braun/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

At the Max Planck Campus in Tübingen girls turn for one day into scientists and boys into service providers in kitchen, administration and press office. Major of Tübingen, Boris Palmer, will be looking over the girl's shoulders.[more]


Symposium: Perspectives of Molecular Imaging in Systems Neuroscience (April 22, 2010)

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This symposium will provide an excellent opportunity for experts from various disciplines to gather and discuss the basic methodological aspects in molecular imaging and its future perspectives.[more]


The quick and the dead: evidence that movement is swiftest in response to events in the environment

Two people were challenged to press a row of buttons faster than their opponent. Photo: Nancy Mendoza/Max Planck Institute for biological Cybernetics

German and British scientists proofed, that we move faster when we react to something than we do when we initiate the action ourselves[more]


Uncorrelated activity in the brain helps function

Neurons in Cortical Circuits. Photo: Alexander Ecker; Jakob Reimer; Andreas Tolias

Interconnected networks of neurons process information and give rise to perception by communicating with one another via small electrical impulses known as action potentials.[more]


„abstrakt“ – an art exhibition

"Verzückend" A picture painted with acrylic paint on paper from Cora Kürner

An art exhibition on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen[more]


A facial expression is worth a thousand words

Interpreting this facial expression correctly (as a „thoughtful“ expression) is very difficult based on this photo alone. When showing the corresponding video sequence, however, recognition becomes easy, which underlines the importance of the temporal dimension for effective communication.

Moving pictures are more suitable to interpret the mood of a person than a static photograph.[more]


How to read brain activity?

The electroencephalogram (EEG) is widely used by physicians and scientists to study brain function and to diagnose neurological disorders. Photo: Kevin Whittingstall/Max Planck Institute for Biolological Cybernetics

For the very first time, scientists have shown what EEG can really tell us about brain functioning[more]


A special kind of flight training

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff conducting a perception experiment in the flight simulator in of the Cyberneum in Tübingen. Image: Anne Faden/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

A new generation of flight simulators will attempt to make air traffic safer[more]


Mobile microscopes illuminate the brain

New data from rats with head-mounted microscopes shed light on how we put the world together seamlessly while we move around. Image: Jason Kerr / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Tiny laser-scanning microscope images brain cells in freely moving animals[more]

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