Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

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Max Planck Institute for
Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Category: research Institute
Carrier: Max Planck Society
Legal form of the carrier: Registered association
Seat of the wearer: Munich
Facility location: Leipzig
Type of research: Basic research
Subjects: Natural sciences
Areas of expertise: Cognitive science , cognitive psychology , neurophysiology
Basic funding: Federal government (50%), states (50%)
Management: Christian Doeller (Managing Director), Angela D. Friederici , Arno Villringer , Nikolaus Weiskopf (Directors)
Employee: about 300

The Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Neurosciences (MPI CBS) is a non-university research facility of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG), which is dedicated to researching cognitive abilities and characteristics of humans and the underlying neurophysiological processes . Special emphasis is placed on language acquisition , the perception of language and music, planning and performing actions, social neuroscience and functional magnetic resonance imaging .

The institute in its current form was created on January 1, 2004 from the merger of the Max Planck Institutes for neuropsychological research (Leipzig, since 1995) and for psychological research (Munich, since 1981). The locations in Munich with a focus on behavioral research and Leipzig with a more neuroscientific profile still existed side by side for a transition phase of two years. At the end of 2006, the Munich work area was completely relocated to Leipzig. The institute consists of five departments and employs 300 scientists and doctoral students from various scientific fields - such as psychology, physics, medicine and computer science, but also linguistics, music and sports science. The technical equipment includes four 3 Tesla magnetic resonance tomographs as well as one of the rare tomographs with a field strength of 7 Tesla.

The directors are Angela D. Friederici (Department of Neuropsychology), Arno Villringer (Department of Neurology), Nikolaus Weiskopf (Department of Neurophysics) and Christian Doeller (Department of Psychology).

Emeritus and former directors are Tania Singer (former Department of Social Neuroscience), Robert Turner (former Department of Neurophysics), Wolfgang Prinz (former Department of Psychology) and the former founding director D. Yves von Cramon (former Department of Cognitive Neurology).


  • Max Planck Society (ed.): Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich. Series of reports and communications from the Max Planck Society, issue 1998/4, ISSN  0341-7778

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Coordinates: 51 ° 20 ′ 5.1 ″  N , 12 ° 23 ′ 19.3 ″  E