Press Releases of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics


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]


Playing music alters the processing of multiple sensory stimuli in the brain

A segment of the audiovisual speech (left) and music (right) stimulus. Image: HweeLing Lee/MPI for Biological Cybernetics.

Piano practicing finetunes the brain circuitries that temporally bind signals from our senses[more]


Attention and awareness uncoupled

Bi-stable visual stimuli used for awareness studies. Left diagram shows a classical example, the Necker cube, where the surface depth perception switches over time. On the right, a binocular rivalry stimulus is shown. By putting one grating in one eye and the other grating in the other eye, our percept starts to switch between the two gratings. Interestingly, as in our main stimuli, the unpatterned donut region also takes over the left grating when the right stimulus is perceived. They are ideal and widely used tools to investigate the neural correlate of visual awareness because our percept switches while the physical stimulus remains constant. Graphics: MPI for Biological Cybernetics

Brain imaging experiments uncouple two apparently intimately connected mental processes[more]


Day of the Open House on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Day of the Open House on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen. Graphic: Martin Vötsch, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Research about genes and brain - to see, hear and participate[more]


From Flies to Flying: an Indirect Journey

From Flies to Flying. Bild: Max Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics

A symposium on behalf of the 60th birthday and pioneering contributions to perception and Cognition research of Professor Heinrich H. Bülthoff[more]

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