News and research highlights from the department "Synapses – Circuits – Plasticity"

Three female and three male persons are standing outdoors on a lawn. The females are holding flower bouquets.

Sandra Reinert, Renée Vieira and Sandra Fendl recognized for outstanding publications more

Asymmetry as a building block of neuronal computations

Structure and function of neurons are closely linked in the cerebral cortex more

From amateur to expert

Mice’s learning skills help researchers pinpointing brain areas where acquired knowledge is stored. more

Remember more by taking breaks

Longer breaks during learning lead to more stable activation patterns in the brain. more

Picky neurons

In the visual thalamus, neurons are in contact with both eyes but respond to only one. more

Simplifying our world

Mice master complex thinking with a remarkable capacity for abstraction more

Tobias Bonhoeffer becomes a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

High distinction for the Max Planck Director from Martinsried more

Brain region for close-up exploration

A mouse’s brain creates a multi-sensory impression of the nearby environment more

Award for outstanding publications

Susanne Falkner and co-first authors Daniel del Toro & Tobias Ruff receive „Young Scientist Award“ more

Science unites cultures

Science unites cultures

January 08, 2018

‘The Science Bridge’ initiative brings together neuroscientists from Western and Middle East/South-Asian countries more

Thalamus helps the cerebrum with learning

Contrary to previous belief, learning processes do not occur exclusively in the cerebral cortex more

<p>Award for outstanding publications of young scientists </p>

Tobias Rose and Co-first authors Matthias Meier und Etienne Serbe receive „Young Scientist Award“ more

New neurons for the brain

New neurons for the brain

October 26, 2016

Transplanted embryonic nerve cells can functionally integrate into damaged neural networks more

Tobias Bonhoeffer appointed scientific advisor of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Max Planck Director will help identify new groundbreaking research areas for a healthy human life more

Neurons form synapse clusters

The contact points of cells in the cerebral cortex form functional groups more

Stable perception in the adult brain

Neurons return to their original state after a change more

Outstanding research and publications

Alex Mauss and Fiona Müllner receive Young Scientist Award more

Inhibitory synapses influence signals in the brain with high precision

Nerve cell signals can be modulated and blocked by individual contacts more

Synapses – stability in transformation

Synapses remain stable if their components grow in coordination with each other more

When neurons have less to say, they say it with particular emphasis

Neurons strengthen their synapses in order to remain active after loss of input more

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