Press Releases of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics


„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]


Walking in circles

Walking trajectories in the Bienwald forest (Germany). Participants started walking from two different starting positions (red dots). The participants KS, PS and RF walked on a cloudy day. When SM walked, the sun was visible (except for the first 15 minutes). Image: Jan Souman, Google Earth

Scientists from Tübingen, Germany, show that people really walk in circles when lost[more]


International honour for two Tübingen Max Planck researchers

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel, Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Detlef Weigel and Nikos Logothetis have been elected to the American National Academy of Sciences[more]


Regions of the brain can rewire themselves

The long-term strengthening of stimulus transmission to the synapses (LTP) in the hippocampus results in the far-reaching reorganization of the neuronal network. The functional MRI (fMRI) images show which areas of the brain are well-supplied with blood and, therefore, active. Image: Santiago Canals/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Scientists in Tübingen have proven for the first time that widely-distributed networks of nerves in the brain can fundamentally reorganize as required.[more]


Here’s looking at you, fellow!

Monkeys and humans both look predominately at the eyes of conspecifics whereas they let their gaze wander over the whole face when presented with images of an individual of a different species. Image: Christoph Dahl / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Humans and monkeys are experts in face recognition making them even more akin than previously thought. [more]

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