Welcome to SFB 1528 - Cognition of Interaction

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Viola Priesemann (center) with P. Hövel (Physics of Socio-Economic Systems Section; left) and J-P Bouchaud (École Normale Supérieure, Paris; right); Photo: German Physical Society, Section Physics of Socio-Economic Systems, Dr. Fakhteh Ghanbarnejad

Young Scientist Award for Viola Priesemann

During this year's spring conference of the German Physical Society (DPG), Viola Priesemann received the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics. The prize is endowed with 7,500 euros and honors her work on propagation processes in complex systems. The international jury described Priesemann as "an outstanding scientist who has made important contributions in the field of data analysis and the theory of complex systems".

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Anne Schacht and Julia Fischer in the Forum Wissen Chalk Talk series

In the Forum Wissen Chalk Talks, Göttingen scientists present their without modern technology. Chalk and blackboard are the only aids and leave room for creativity. The Chalk Talks are now entering their fourth round, and the SFB is once again prominently represented. On April 19, 2024, Anne Schacht will give a talk on "Who is in control of our laughter?" The following week on 26 April, Julia Fischer will report on "Of young and old monkeys - How social behavior, curiosity and communication change over the course of the lifespan".
The Chalk Talks always take place on Fridays at 4.30 pm in the vestibule of the Forum Wissen. Admission is free.

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Rhesus monkeys in the housing facilities at the German Primate Center in Göttingen; Photo: Margit Hampe (DPZ)

Patience pays off

In a new study led by Neda Shahidi, now SFB Early career fellow, neuroscientists show how decision-making processes are controlled in the primate brain during foraging. Two rhesus monkeys learned that the amount of pellets obtainable from dispensers in a open search task increased the longer they waited. By decoding monkeys’ reward expectations from the neural activity, the researchers were able to predict how long the rhesus monkeys were willing to wait for a higher reward and when they decided to choose another option. The results were published in Nature Neuroscience.

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New paper by Ricarda Bothe & Nivi Mani

The study by SFB members Ricarda Bothe and Nivi Mani with colleagues from the University of Potsdam looked at the effects of words and arbitrary actions in object categorization in infants. Even though they found a weak advantage of words, this was not robust across analyses

The details of the study can be found here

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Prof. Alexander Gail

Sensorimotor Neuroscience & Neuroprosthetics

University of Göttingen & German Primate Center Göttingen

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37077 Göttingen

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Scientific Coordinator:

Dr. Christian Schloegl

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Kerstin Renziehausen

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