Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Research publications

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Research publications 2016

Orientation without a master plan

September 06, 2016

Human spatial memory is made up of numerous individual maps [more]


“The cable robot opens up a whole new dimension”

May 23, 2016

Max Planck director Heinrich Bülthoff on perception research with motion simulators [more]


Action recognition without mirror neurons

April 28, 2016

Role of mirror neurons in social interaction not as important as previously assumed [more]


Optogenetics reveals new insights into circuits of the brain

April 20, 2016

Researchers show how neural wiring works in the visual system [more]


Friend or foe: out of the corner of your eye

March 08, 2016

Our peripheral vision is better at recognizing people than objects [more]

Research publications 2014

Dopamine leaves its mark in brain scans

November 20, 2014

BOLD signals in functional magnetic resonance imaging do not always reflect what nerve cells are doing [more]


How does the research on primates benefit humans?

September 29, 2014

There are few topics as controversial as research involving experiments on animals in general and primates in particular. [more]


Synchronous oscillations in the short-term memory

September 25, 2014

Scientists have decoded the functioning of the short-term memory [more]


Understanding the human brain

September 25, 2014

Functional magnetic resonance images reflect input signals of nerve cells [more]


The seat of consciousness

September 24, 2014

At least two regions of the brain decide what we perceive [more]

Research publications 2013

Rats have a double view of the world

May 27, 2013

Rodents move their eyes in opposite directions, thereby always keeping an eye on the airspace above them [more]

Research publications 2012

Neural interaction in periods of silence

November 21, 2012

Tübinger neurophysiologists develop new method to study widespread networks of neurons responsible for our memory [more]


Foggy perception slows us down

October 31, 2012

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


Conscious perception is a matter of global neural networks

June 12, 2012

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

May 21, 2012

Max Planck scientists discover brain cells in monkeys that may be linked to self-awareness and empathy in humans [more]

Seeing movement: Why the world in our head stays still when we move our eyes

March 21, 2012

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


Short-term memory is based on synchronized brain oscillations

January 31, 2012

Scientists have now discovered how different brain regions cooperate during short-term memory [more]

Research publications 2011

Multisensory integration: when correlation implies causation

December 15, 2011

Researchers discover how the brain merges sights and sounds [more]


New insights into how the brain reconstructs the third dimension

December 07, 2011

A new visual illusion has shed light on a long-standing mystery about how the brain works out the 3D shapes of objects [more]


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

November 24, 2011

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


Attention and awareness uncoupled

November 10, 2011

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


Swarming robots – enhancing the communication in flying robot systems

August 24, 2011

With the help of computer simulations and prototypes, Max Planck researchers are striving to enhance the communication in human and multi-robot interactions [more]


Voice cells for voice recognition

August 23, 2011

Specific nerve cells process vocal information from conspecifics [more]


Deeper insight in the activity of cortical cells

July 12, 2011

Max Planck scientists can image the processing of information deeper in the cortex with the help of a new multi photon microscope design [more]

Similar structures for face selectivity in human and monkey brains

April 28, 2011

Extensive network of brain areas in macaques responds to faces [more]

Research publications 2010

Perceptual changes - a key to our consciousness

November 18, 2010

Tübingen scientists use image processing effects to decipher brain functions [more]


Recognition at first glance

July 01, 2010

Max Planck researchers investigate facial recognition [more]

Research publications 2009

A special kind of flight training

December 08, 2009

A new generation of flight simulators will attempt to make air traffic safer [more]


How to read brain activity?

December 07, 2009

For the very first time, scientists have shown what EEG can really tell us about how the brain functions [more]


Mobile microscopes illuminate the brain

November 02, 2009

Tiny laser-scanning microscope images brain cells in freely moving animals [more]


Robots start learning

March 23, 2009

Ingeniously designed machines learn to move without receiving any instructions from control programs. Similarly, robots are learning about their bodies and their environment.



Regions of the brain can rewire themselves

March 06, 2009

Widely-distributed networks of nerves in the brain can fundamentally reorganize as required [more]


Here’s looking at you, fellow!

February 26, 2009

Humans and monkeys are experts in face recognition making them even more akin than previously thought [more]

Research publications 2008

Whose voice is that?

February 15, 2008

Max Planck scientists discover a "voice" area in the brain of a nonhuman primate [more]

Research publications 2006

BACS breathes perception into robots

July 14, 2006

European research team strives to make robotic systems more decisive [more]


A neural mosaic of tones

June 22, 2006

Max Planck researchers map out numerous areas in the brain where sound frequencies are processed [more]


New insights in brain tomography

May 08, 2006

Functional imaging signals indicate weakening in brain activity [more]

Research publications 2005

New Procedure Reveals the Secrets of the Brain

December 21, 2005

MPI researchers have for the first been able to map the activity of the brain by means of electrical microstimulation. [more]


Where the Brain Combines What's Heard and Felt

October 19, 2005

Max Planck scientists in Tübingen, Germany research how the brain integrates auditory and tactile information in the auditory cortex [more]


CyberWalk - Unconstrained Walking in Virtual Worlds

April 27, 2005

European project started for the development of a new platform for walking in virtual worlds [more]


Where machines go to school

February 11, 2005

The objects of their study are computer programs and algorithms - machines that are designed to solve complex problems, and whose strength lies in processing large and highly intricate quantities of data. Which is why the learning theorists under Bernhard Schölkopf, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, are not focusing on school and pedagogy, but rather on the question of how machines can learn. [more]

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