Patrick Müller receives Career Development Award

Picture: Patrick Müller /Private

Patrick Müller is one of eight awardees of the Career Development Award granted by the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP).[more]


A robot learns to juggle and throw darts

Jens Kober. Picture: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

Award for the best European PhD thesis in 2012 in robotics for former PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.[more]


Variety of shapes and colors

Marietta Witzgall, Acryl, 2007

The Max Planck House shows the painting of Marietta Witzgall [more]


Sugar influences the onset of flowering

In experiments in Arabidopsis thaliana, the team found that the sugar molecule trehalose-6-phosphate influences the onset of flowering. Photo: Josef Bergstein/MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology

Only when light, age and energy conditions are right do plants flower[more]


IEEE RAS Early Career Award for Prof. Dr. Jan Peters

Jan Peters (right) recieves the award. Picture: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

Significant award for robotics research for young scientist[more]


The neurobiological consequence of predating or grazing

Pristionchus pacificus can prey on other worms if bacteria get scarce. Here Caenorhabditis elegans is the prey. Picture: MPI for Developmental Biology

Scientists from Tübingen compare neuronal network connections in two worm species[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]


Gudrun Heller-Hoffmann is presenting her pictures at the Max Planck House

Picture: Gudrun Heller-Hoffmann

Photographic art "In the rhythm of light" - Exhibition from 18th January to 1st March 2013[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]


„Landschaft als Wandel“ – Exhibition at the Max Planck House

Picture: Brigitte Wagner

The artist Brigitte Wagner is presenting prints and watercolors[more]


How bacteria attack their host cells with sticky lollipops

Bacterial surface with adhesins, sticky lollipop structures enabling the bacteria to attach to their host cells. Copyright: Barth van Rossum/Leibniz-Institut fuer Molekulare Pharmakologie

Tübingen and Berlin scientists investigate pathogens by help of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy – Publications in 'Nature Methods' and 'Nature Scientific Reports'[more]


Micro RNAs in plants: Regulation of the regulator

Thale cress, Arabidopsis thaliana. Photo: MPI for Developmental Biology

A phosphate switch to fine-tune the protein production in the cells[more]


Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging under the Magnifying Glass

The stimulus used to elicit positive and negative BOLD responses in the visual cortex. Picture: Jozien Goense / Max Planck Institut for Biological Cybernteics Tübingen.

Tübinger scientists reveal laminar differences in neurovascular coupling between positive and negative BOLD responses. [more]


Foggy perception slows us down

The visualization facility at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in which the research was conducted. The screen covers 230° horizontal and 125° vertical field of view, filling the entire human visual field to provide full immersion in the virtual environment. Picture: Jan Soumann / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen

Max Planck scientists show that, contrarily to what was previously believed, speed is overestimated in fog[more]


Three new ERC Grants for young Tübingen Max Planck scientists

ERC Grants for three Tübingen Max Planck scientists (from left): Michael Hothorn, Fulvia Bono and Wolfram Antonin. Photo: Gertrud Scheer/MPI for Developmental Biology

Fulvia Bono, Wolfram Antonin and Michael Hothorn receive competitive European research funding[more]


„Transkonder und andere Arten“

Picture: Annette Janle

Annette Janle is presenting her pictures at the Max Planck House. [more]


The Golden Neuron 2012

Moshe Abeles. Picture: private

First Valentino Braitenberg Award goes to the Israeli neuroscientist Moshe Abeles [more]


Populations survive despite many deleterious mutations

How a ratchet works: The gear wheel can only rotate anti-clockwise -- rotation in clockwise direction is blocked. Illustration: MPI for Developmental Biology

Max Planck scientist investigates the evolutionary model of Muller’s ratchet[more]


Exhibition of abstract watercolors

Work of art of Ingrid Krüger in the exhibition "Layers" at the Max Planck House. Photo: private

"Layers" - Ingrid Krüger shows her works of art at the Max Planck House[more]


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]


Felix Tritschler receives Otto Hahn Medal

Felix Tritschler. Photo: private

Former PhD student of the Department of Biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology wins award for his thesis[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]


Michael Hothorn wins Career Development Award

Michael Hothorn in front of a model image of a receptor kinase. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Project funding by the Human Science Frontier Program in the life sciences[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 shutterstock.com

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


Tiny holes in the envelope make bacteria waste away

Equipment for electrophysiological measurements - detail. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

How dermcidin, a natural antibiotic found in sweat, affects microorganisms[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]


Elisa Izaurralde awarded Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2012

Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2012: Elisa Izaurralde. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology receives award for groundbreaking research in RNA biology[more]


Elisa Izaurralde appointed adjunct professor

Elisa Izaurralde, adjunct professor of the University of Tübingen. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Expression of the close relations to the University of Tübingen[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]


Colorful and shining squares

Art of Uta Albeck

Uta Albeck presents her pictures at the Max Planck House[more]


Simple nerve cells regulate swimming depth of marine plankton

In the nervous system of Platynereis (white) some different neuropeptides have been discovered. They are stained in different colors. Image: Albina Asadulina and Markus Conzelmann, Group of Gáspár Jékely/MPI for Developmental Biology

Ciliary beating of Platynereis gives insights into an ancestral state of nervous system evolution[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]

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