Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Detecting new proteins in behaving mice

November 06, 2017

By using innovative labeling methods, Max Planck researchers develop a technique to measure newly synthesized proteins in the active mouse brain [more]


Highly precise wiring in the cerebral cortex

September 20, 2017

Scientists discover fundamental connectivity pattern in the brain [more]


10-fold speed up for the reconstruction of neuronal networks

June 13, 2017

Flying through the brain thanks to a novel in-browser tool [more]


Cell number determines structure of neural maps

May 12, 2017

Frankfurt researchers find a simple explanation for the typical patterns of nerve cells inside neural maps [more]


Bright spots in brain cells

February 10, 2017

Witnessing the birth of a tiny RNA at brain synapses [more]

Research publications 2016

Neurons adjust their proteins during homeostatic scaling

October 21, 2016

Neurons adjust their synapses by altering the synthesis of hundreds of proteins to regulate synaptic strength and network activity [more]


Bearded dragons show REM and slow wave sleep

April 28, 2016

Brain sleep appeared early in vertebrate evolution [more]

Magnetoreception molecule found in the eyes of dogs and primates

February 23, 2016

Dog-like carnivores and some primate species may have a magnetic compass similar to that of birds [more]

Research publications 2015

Faster reconstruction of the connectome

September 24, 2015

Scientists speed up reconstruction of connections between nerve cells more than ten-fold [more]

Research publications 2014

Clock for brain waves

November 19, 2014

Inhibitory neurons and electrical synapses determine the frequency of rhythmic activity in the brain [more]


Passing clouds in cuttlefish

August 01, 2014

Max Planck scientists establish tropical cuttlefish Metasepia tullbergi as a model organism to study travelling waves in biological systems [more]


Hearing with the skull

June 26, 2014

A new model explains why we perceive sounds when they are conducted through the skull [more]


Interview with Erin Schuman and Gilles Laurent

May 27, 2014

Erin Schuman and Gilles Laurent about cooperation and the advancement of women at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research [more]


Learning brakes in the brain

May 12, 2014

Inhibitory nerve cells control learning behaviour in mice [more]

Research publications 2012

Think global, act local: new roles for protein synthesis at synapses

May 09, 2012

Max Planck researchers find over 2500 mRNA along dendrites and axons [more]


New mechanistic insights into adaptive learning

January 27, 2012

Associative learning leads to changes in the brains internal connectivity [more]

Research publications 2011

Two brain halves, one perception

September 01, 2011

Max Planck researchers show how communication between brain hemispheres determines individual’s subjective experience. [more]


A giant interneuron for sparse coding

May 13, 2011

A single interneuron controls activity adaptively in 50,000 neurons, enabling consistently sparse codes for odours [more]


A new program for neural stem cells

May 12, 2011

Max Planck researchers succeed in obtaining brain and spinal cord cells from stem cells of the peripheral nervous syste [more]


Thyroid affects colour vision

March 29, 2011

Thyroid hormone controls the eye‘s visual pigments throughout life [more]


Learning to see consciously

March 08, 2011

Max Planck scientists show how flexibly the brain processes images [more]


Expectations speed up conscious perception

February 02, 2011

If you already know what you are about to see, you will recognise it faster [more]

Research publications 2010

The scientific brain

March 10, 2010

The human brain processes predictable sensory input more efficiently [more]

Research publications 2009

Researchers crack part of the neuronal code

December 22, 2009

Early processing stages in the brain are more complex than was previously assumed [more]


When every photon counts

April 20, 2009

The photoreceptor cells in the retinas of nocturnal mammals have a unique nuclear organisation. This improves vision [more]

Research publications 2007

Fruit Bats are not ‘Blind as a Bat’

June 12, 2007

German-American research team finds daylight photoreceptors in the retinas of nocturnal fruit bats [more]

Research publications 2004

Too good eyes for living below ground

April 05, 2004

German-Czech research team discovers an unusual assortment of photoreceptor cells in subterranean rodents [more]

Research publications 2003

An Eye for Scent Marks

June 10, 2003

International research team discovers potential link between ultraviolet vision and urine scent marks in rodents [more]

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