About the Blog
Research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences revolves around human cognitive abilities and cerebral processes, with a focus on the neural basis of brain functions like language, emotions and human social behaviour, music and action. Other research focuses on plastic changes in the human brain and the influence this has on various cognitive abilities, and the further development of imaging methods for the neurosciences.
The Blog NeuroCognition will provide insights into what our scientists have on their minds. Posts may feature new studies, ideas, projects and initiatives, comments on current debates, conference reports and many other things.
For the nonfrequent authors of the institute
Dr. Jonas Obleser is a psychologist and heads the Max Planck Research Group on “Auditory Cognition”. His main research interest lies in how our brain understands speech: How does the brain infer the intended meaning from the – often messy – acoustic signal? And how does it cope with all kinds of everyday adversities, such as background noise or beginning hearing loss in ageing? Jonas also is a member of the institute’s house band, and, for leisure, likes to read french post-structuralists, although he doesn’t understand much of it.
Dr. Daniel Margulies leads the research group "Neuroanatomy and Connectivity", investigating the organizational properties of spontaneous brain dynamics and the connectivity of the prefrontal cortex. Before entering into neuroscience research he studied literature and philosophy. Occasionally, he creates art pieces that aim to interrogate the epistemic assumptions of cognitive neuroscience. He is at all times, however, a proud member of the Neuro Bureau (http://www.neurobureau.org/).