Press Releases of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics


Max Planck Society awards Otto Hahn Medal to Dr. Jakob Macke

Dr. Jakob Macke at the 63. Annual General Assembly of the Max Planck Society in Düsseldorf. Picture: Max Planck Society

Statistical models help to unravel neural coding[more]


Conscious perception is a matter of global neural networks

Neurons in the lateral prefrontal cortex represent the content of consciousness. The red trace depicts neural activity (neuronal discharges) in the lateral prefrontal cortex when a stimulus is consciously perceived for 1 second while the green trace depicts neural activity when the same stimulus is suppressed from awareness. Graphic: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

New findings support the view that the content of consciousness is not localised in a unique cortical area[more]


Rare neurons discovered in monkey brains

Macaque Von Economo Neuron retrogradely labeled in anterior Insula. Picture: Henry Evrard / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Max Planck scientists discover brain cells in monkeys that may be linked to self-awareness and empathy in humans. [more]


Max Planck House Tübingen presents works of art of Helga Mayer

Work of art of Helga Mayer in the exhibition "Similar in the dissimilar" at the Max Planck House. Photo: Helga Mayer

Exhibition „Similar in the dissimilar“[more]


Various Research Methods - One Subject: The Brain

Arial view of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Picture: Manfred Grohe / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

During the Girls’ Day 16 girls will get an insight in the research concerning the brain conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.[more]



Electron microscopic picture of the brain. Picture: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Funded in the area of the ‘Future and Emerging Technologies’ programme, SICODE will open new perspectives for patients affected by paralysis and motor disabilities[more]


Seeing movement: Why the world in our head stays still when we move our eyes

When visually tracking a moving object, we perceive the world as stable, despite its movement across the retina. This picture illustrates the motion-blur on the retina when an observer either tracks a moving object or keeps the eyes still on the background. Graphics: Andreas Bartels, Elvira Fischer / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics; Modified from Photos of

Scientists from Tübingen discovered new functions of brain regions that are responsible for seeing movement[more]


Herbert Schmidt presents his pictures in the Max Planck House

"swimming" - Work of art of Herbert Schmidt (Detail). Photo: Herbert Schmidt

Exhibition "step by step" with new works of the artist[more]


Short-term memory is based on synchronized brain oscillations

A monkey is performing a classical visual memory task: an image was shown to the animal. After a brief interval the animals were either shown the same image again or a different one and had to indicate whether the second image was the same as the first one. Graphic: Stefanie Liebe, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Scientists have now discovered how different brain regions cooperate during short-term memory[more]


Multisensory integration: when correlation implies causation

The experimental set-up. Picture: Jochen Kopp/University of Bielefeld; Kopp and Parise

How the brain merges together sights and sounds[more]

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