Dr. Veronika Krieghoff
Scientific co-ordinator IMPRS NeuroCom

Phone: +49 341 9940-2261
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The Science of a Billboard Hit Song

November 08, 2019
Why is it that people find songs such as James Taylor’s “Country Roads,” UB40’s “Red, Red Wine,” or The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” so irresistibly enjoyable? In a study reported in the journal Current Biology on November 7, researchers analyze 80,000 chords in 745 classic U.S. Billboard pop songs—including those three—and find that musical pleasure comes from the right combination of uncertainty and surprise. [more]
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Mothers’ behavior influences bonding hormone oxytocin in babies

October 16, 2019
Oxytocin is an extremely important hormone, involved in social interaction and bonding in mammals, including humans. It helps us relate to others. It strengthens trust, closeness in relationships, and can be triggered by eye contact, empathy, or pleasant touch. It's well known that a new mother's oxytocin levels can influence her behavior and as a result, the bond she makes with her baby. A new epigenetic study by Kathleen Krol and Jessica Connelly from the University of Virginia and Tobias Grossmann from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences now suggests that mothers' behavior can also have a substantial impact on their children's developing oxytocin systems. [more]
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"Whoa, I didn't expect that"

October 14, 2019
Babies seek to understand the world around them and learn many new things every day. Unexpected events – for example when a ball falls through a table – provide researchers with the unique opportunity to understand infants’ learning processes. What happens in their brains as they learn and integrate new information? Miriam Langeloh from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Moritz Köster from the Freie Universität Berlin, and Stefanie Höhl from the University of Vienna address that question in a new study with nine-month-old babies, published in Psychological Science. [more]
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Cellular aging is linked to structural changes in the brain

September 24, 2019
Telomeres are the protective caps of our chromosomes and play a central role in the ageing process. Shorter telomeres are associated with chronic diseases and high stress levels can contribute to their shortening. A new study now shows that if telomeres change in their length, that change is also reflected in our brain structure. This association was identified by a team of scientists including Lara Puhlmann and Pascal Vrtička from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive Brain Sciences in Leipzig together with Elissa Epel from the University of California and Tania Singer from the Social Neuroscience Lab in Berlin as part of Singer’s ReSource Project. [more]
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Sexual hormone oestradiol protects female brain in mid-life

June 21, 2019
Rachel Zsido and Julia Sacher found that oestradiol plays a crucial role in keeping the structure of networks in the female brain structurally intact and the memory healthy, especially in mid-life. [more]
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"Imagine..." - our attitudes can change solely by the power of imagination

May 17, 2019
Roland Benoit and Philipp Paulus together with Daniel Schacter from Harvard University have examined the question, how neutral places suddenly become valuable to us, in a study published in the journal Nature Communications. They show that our attitudes can be influenced not only by what we actually experience but also by what we imagine. [more]
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Even in Young Adults, Blood Pressure Above Normal May Be Linked to Brain Shrinkage

January 23, 2019
 For people in their 20s and 30s, having blood pressure above normal but below the level considered to be high blood pressure, may be linked to loss of brain [more]
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Typically human: babies recognize nested structures similar to our grammar

November 21, 2018
At a mere five months of age, babies seemingly have the ability to recognize very complex grammatical structures. [more]
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Sensitive babies become altruistic toddlers

September 25, 2018
Infants’ attention to fearful faces predicts later altruism [more]
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Three questions to this year’s winners of the Otto Hahn Medal...

June 14, 2018
... Sofie Valk and Emiliano Zaccarella [more]
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Where language pioneer Paul Broca and alien music meet

March 13, 2018
The equivalent of Broca’s area plays a similar role but for the processing of music instead of language. [more]
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Miles Davis is not Mozart: The brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

January 15, 2018
The brain activity of jazz pianists differs from those of classical pianists, even when playing the same piece of music. [more]
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Alexa and Siri in our head: Where voice recognition occurs in the brain

December 15, 2017
Our personal assistant for voice recognition uses a convolution in the right temporal lobe. [more]
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Improving social skills through mental training changes brain structure and reduces social stress

October 04, 2017
Meditation entails a variety of mental training techniques which, in principal, can be trained by anyone. [more]
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Recognising dyslexia in time: Foundations laid for future early test

July 19, 2017
With the help of brain activity and gene analyses, it could be predicted in time whether a child could be affected by dyslexia. [more]
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Exploring human existence — Three days of discussions, freethinking and broadening horizons

August 02, 2016
Three days of discussions, freethinking and broadening horizons [more]
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What makes us human?

April 22, 2016
That is what international experts from various scientific disciplines – whether linguists, philosophists, anthropologists or neurobiologists – are eager to discuss at the 2016 Summer School [more]
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Attention in waves

March 21, 2016
How well we can listen to the speech of another person in noisy surroundings depends on our ability to adapt our alpha brain waves to the rhythm of their language. [more]
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The brain concentrates on the objective

December 21, 2015
Which is more important when we plan an action: the overarching goal or the approach along the way? [more]
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PhD oppurtunities at IMPRS NeuroCom

November 27, 2015
This year's round of applications for candidates to the NeuroCom graduate school will run until the beginning of January 2016. [more]
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