Press Releases of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics


Would you believe your hand could turn into marble?

As if one’s hand were made of marble: Bielefeld neuroscientists successfully deceive participants about their body perceptions. Photo: Senna & Parise

Bielefeld neuroscientists present a new bodily illusion[more]


Scientists write "KlarText!"

Gruppenfoto aller KlarText!-Preisträger 2013

Five Scientists received the Klaus Tschira Prize for Generally Understandable Science 2013 - Philipp Berens in the field of Neuroscience [more]


Neuroscientists meet at the Neckar

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Around 500 scientists will meet for the international Bernstein Conference 2013 at the University of Tübingen.[more]


Cyberneum reloaded – Research in Virtual Reality

The CyberMotion Simulator (CMS) of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Picture: Cora Kürner / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany.

The Cyberneum of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics will celebrate its reopening on the 20. June 2013.[more]


Rats have a double view of the world

Rats process visual information from their eyes similar to other mammals. Nevertheless, their eyes move in a very different way. Unlike humans, their eyes can move in opposite directions. Credit: MPI for Biological Cybernetics/ Kerr

Rodents move their eyes in opposite directions, thereby always keeping an eye on the airspace above them [more]


Computers accomplish a lot –the human brain remains unmatched

Girls'Day 2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Picture: Martin Breidt, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen.

Max Planck Institutes oin Tübingen are participating in the Girls' Day[more]


Changing the responses of cortical neurons from sub- to supra threshold using single spikes in vivo

Picture: Jason Kerrr /Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Changing the order in which presynaptic and postsynaptic cells are repeatedly activated can change what a mammalian visual cortex neuron communicates to downstream neurons [more]


Who decides in the brain?

Large flocks of birds can rapidly change their direction without it being clear how such a decision develops, and whether some birds have a larger influence on it than others. Since the behavior of any one bird depends on that of its neighbors, answering this question is rather complicated. A similar problem is faced by neuroscientists who want to find out which neurons in a large network caused a particular decision. Photo: Christoffer A Rasmussen, CreativeCommons CC 1.0

Tübinger researchers have now shown how the weight of individual neurons in the decision-making process can be reconstructed. [more]


High-field Magnetic Resonance System used for patients for the fist time

Die Abbildung zeigt das Hochfeld-MRT-Gerät des MPI für biologische Kybernetik, das dort zur Forschung zur Verfügung steht und mit dem jetzt die ersten Patienten, die an Hirntumoren erkrankt sind, untersucht wurden. Die beteiligten Wissenschaftler sind (v.L.) Klaus Scheffler, Grzegorz Chadzynski und Rolf Pohmann vom MPI für biologische Kybernetik, so wie Sotirios Bisdas vom Universitätsklinikum. Bild: Stephanie Bertenbreiter / Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik Tübingen

In the Magnetic Resonance Center high-resolution images of the brain help to diagnose cancer[more]


Neural Interaction in Periods of Silence

Hippocampal oscillations: Neural Interaction in Periods of Silence such as deep sleep. Picture: Nikos Logothetis / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Tübinger neurophysiologists develop new method to study widespread networks of neurons responsible for our memory. [more]

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