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Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 82406-0
Fax: +49 30 8249939

The Max Planck Institute for Human Development is dedicated to the study of human development and education. Researchers of various disciplines – including psychology, education, sociology and medicine, as well as history, economics, computer science and mathematics – work together on interdisciplinary projects at the Berlin Institute. The research questions they examine include how people make effective decisions even under time pressure and information overload, which effects the institution of school has on students’ development and learning processes, how the interaction between behaviour and brain function changes over a person’s lifespan, as well as how human emotions change in a historical context and how they have affected the course of history itself.

Directors | Research Focus

    PhD opportunities

    This institute has several International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS):
    IMPRS on Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World
    IMPRS on the Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogentic Dynamics
    IMPRS for Moral Economies of Modern Societies

    In addition, there is the possibility of individual doctoral research. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.

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