Faculty member

Prof. Dr Christian Doeller
Phone:+49 341 9940-2275Fax:+49 341 9940-2204

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences


Research Interests

Our overarching goal is to crack the cognitive code by identifying the key processing principles of the brain enabling human thinking. The broad mission of our Department is reflected in a wide variety of research areas in cognitive neuroscience, including spatial navigation, memory, time processing, learning and decision making, knowledge acquisition, and perception; and translational research on population coding in the hippocampal-entorhinal system, cognitive enhancement and Alzheimer’s disease. Our key research methods are fMRI (including high-field MRI at 7T for structure-function mapping), MEG (EEG), virtual reality (VR), a wide variety of innovative cognitive tasks, psychophysics, brain-computer interfaces, machine learning and AI-driven data analysis.

Available PhD projects

Possible PhD projects include but are not restricted to the following areas:

  • Understanding the formation of hippocampal—entorhinal cognitive spaces and the interaction with codes in prefrontal and sensory cortices
  • Understanding how the specific structure of the brain (e.g. laminar and modular organisation) constrains its functional properties (spatial and non-spatial coding)
  • Understanding how hierarchical knowledge structures and memory networks are formed in the service of optimising decision making
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