Press Releases of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

28.04.2011

Will it fall? Max Planck scientists show how the brain's estimate of Newton's laws affects perceived object stability

A vase set at its critical angle where it is equally likely to right itself or fall off of the table.

The next time you are in Pisa, try looking at its tower from a different perspective[more]


28.04.2011

Similar structures for face selectivity in human and monkey brains

Face-selective activation in a monkey: (left panel, 1) The rendered monkey brain shows the planes indicating the slice locations of panels 2-4, green spots show activated areas. (panels 2-4) Face selective activation (red-yellow) overlaid on anatomical images of the monkey brain.

Extensive network of brain areas in macaques responds to faces[more]


15.03.2011

Bernhard Schölkopf has been awarded the Max Planck Research Award

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf. Picture: Max Planck Institute for biological Cybernetics

Director of the Max Planck Institute has been awarded the 2011 Max Planck Research Award[more]


18.11.2010

Perceptual changes – a key to our consciousness

Dichoptic stimulus. Different pictures are presented to the eyes to provoke percept changes (binocular rivalry). Picture: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen.

Tübingen scientists use image processing effects to decipher brain functions [more]


14.10.2010

Learning to use an invisible visual signal for perception

A cylinder made of horizontal lines: Using a spezial pair of glasses the blue lines are only visible fort he right ey and the red lines are only visible fort he left eye. The size of the red and blue cylinder differs. Picture: Dr. Massimiliano Di Luca; Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen.

Scientists discovered, how our brain extracts signals from the retinal images in order to identify our surroundings[more]


06.09.2010

The intricate path of nerve signals

Example of a 3D activation map elicited by electric microstimulation (ES) to LGN, a thalamic nucleus that receives visual information from retina and mono-synaptically projects to the primary visual cortex (V1). FMRI signals from V1 show increased neuronal activity (red and yellow colors) whereas later cortical areas are suppressed (blue color). (Image: Yusuke Murayama / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics)

Neuroscientists from Max Planck Institute in Tübingen discovered new possibilities for electrical stimulation of the brain[more]


29.06.2010

Robot, mix me a drink!

Oliver Kroemer, PhD Student at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Photo: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen.

PhD Student from Tübingen wins international award. [more]


24.06.2010

Recognition at first sight

The Thatcher illusion: Local changes in facial features are hardly noticeable when the whole face is inverted (rotated 180°), but strikingly grotesque when the face is upright. In the Diagram two faces of an individual are presented. One picture is normal, while the seems grotesque by an upright presentation, but not if the faces are rotated 180°. Moreover, this illusion disappears if faces of another species are manipulated in the same way (see monkey faces). Graphics: Christoph Dahl / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Max Planck scientists investigate the way faces are recognized[more]


17.05.2010

Heli Trainer flight simulator presented exclusively at the ILA

Heli Aviation GmbH together with KUKA Roboter GmbH and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics will be presenting a concept study for a new helicopter flight trainer at the ILA. (Photo: Jo Teichmann)

The flight simulator Heli Trainer will be presented exclusively at the ILA fair in Berlin.[more]


20.04.2010

„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]


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