Sept. 5: New registered report on word learning in young children
|Nivi Mani and her postdoc Ming Yean Sia published a new registered report in Developmental Science on "The role of systematicity in early referent selection". It is known from previous work that children's word learning is affected by their existing knowledge. In the new study, Nivi and colleagues tested if children assume that words that sound similar refer to similar things. The entire report can be found here|
Sept 1: Join us as a PhD student at the University Medical CenterWe currently offer a PhD student position in the project of Peter Marschik at the University Medical Center in Göttingen. The project focus is on multimodal dyadic communication in typically and atypically developing children. The position is available from January 1st, 2024. Candidates should hold a Master degreee in psychology, cognitive sciences, linguistics or data science. Take a look at the full job description below and apply until September 30!
July 15: Join us as a field biologist in Phu Khieo
|We are recruiting a field biologist to work in the project of Oliver Schülke and Julia Ostner at our field site Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand. This is a full-time position for two years, available from January 1st, 2024. We are looking for a dedicated person with a bachelor degree in biology (or comparable) with strong interest to work in the field. If you want to join us and gain long-term experience in the field, take a look at the full job description below and apply until August 15!|
June 27: Get to know SFB speaker Prof. Alexander Gail
|SFB speaker and Professor of Sensorimotor Neuroscience and Neuroprothetics Alexander Gail sat down with Svilen Georgiev to chat about research, career paths, animal welfare, changing from academia to industria and more. The whole episode can be found on YouTube|
June 20: In the News: Phenomobil featured in radio programs of DLF and BR
|The Phenomobil, the lab on wheels developed by Peter Marschik, Florentin Wörgötter, Luise Poustka and colleagues was again featured in the news. SFB members Franka Foth, Peter Marschik and Luise Poustka from the University Medical Center where joined by a team from the German radio stations "Deutschlandfunk" and "Bayerischer Rundfung". The two slightly different broadcasts are online on the websites of Deutschlandfunk Kultur and BR Radio (available until July 4).|
June 15: Alexander Gail participates in the University's Children University ProgramOn June 21, SFB speaker Alexander Gail addresses a different audience than usual. He will join the team of the Kinderuni Göttingen (Children University) and will introduce third to six-graders into his research. He will explain what neurons can tell us about the decision making when taking a penalty shot in soccer. His talk is titled: Links oder rechts, wie soll ich mich entscheiden? – Was uns Gehirnzellen über die Entscheidung beim Elfmeter verraten!
May 15: Zurna Ahmed joins the "How Animals' brain works" podcast
May 12: Viola Priesemann at the "Festival der Philosophie" in Hannover
As part of the international festival series, the 8th "Festival der Philosophie" will take place from May 24 to June 9, 2023 in Hannover. This year's topic is "Wo ist die Zeit". Our SFB will be represented by Viola Priesemann, wo will speak on Sunday, May 28 in the Künstlerhaus about "Die Zeit in der Physik: Symmetrien, Muster, Lernen". The entire program can be found on the festival website.
May 2: Zurna Ahmed receives the DPZ PhD thesis award 2022SFB member Zurna Ahmed receives the annual DPZ award for the best PhD thesis conducted with or on nonhuman primates at the German Primate Center. For her PhD, she investigated how movements are planned in the brain. For her project, she developed a novel experimental set-up that allows her to measure the activity of nerve cells in rhesus monkeys while they move naturally. The prize is endowed with 1000 euros and is supported by the MacLean-Erkelenz Foundation. The award ceremony with a lecture by the prize winner will take place on 10 May at 4 pm at the German Primate Centre, Kellnerweg 4, in Göttingen. All interested parties are cordially invited.
April 26: News from the lab of Peter Marschik & Dajie ZhangSFB members Dajie Zhang, Peter Marschik and colleagues published a new paper in "Research in Developmental Disabilities". In their latest publication
A key tool for this type of research is the new mobile lab, the so-called PHENOMOBILE. A team of the NDR visited Göttingen to report about it; their report for "Hallo Niedersachsen" can be found in the "ARD Mediathek"
April 15, 2023: SFB research goes publicIf you want to learn more about SFB research, you have several opportunities right now: Hans Scherberger (Neurobiology Lab at the German Primate Center) joined the team of the MDR podcast "Meine Challenge" to speak about his research on how actions are planned in the brain. In May 2023, you have the chance to enjoy a cold pint of beer while listening to SFB researchers presenting their work at this year's "Pint of Science" event in Göttingen. The detailed program will be available on the organizer's website On June 21 2023 at 5 PM, it is time to explore our research together with your kids. SFB speaker Alex Gail will join the "Kinderuni" of the University to Göttingen to explain what our brain does when we aim to take a soccer penalty shot. The presentation will be in German and targets children from the third to the sixth grade.
March 27, 2023: In the press - The Phenomobil - Research with children for children
SFB members Peter Marschik, Dajie Zhang and Florentin Wörgötter present the newest SFB infrastructure: the first mobile infant lab to study early child development worldwide. Together with Luise Poustka, the team replicated the existing lab at the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Medical Center in a van. This new concept enables the scientists to visit their study participants at home. "We know that it can be very time-consuming for parents with several small children to attend regular examination appointments, even if they would like to take part in a study. So if parents can't come to our clinic, the lab drives right up to their front door," says Luise Poustka". The aim of the long-term study is to gain a more precise understanding of typical early childhood development. "This will subsequently enable us to identify developmental disorders such as autism earlier and provide targeted support for children and their families," adds Peter Marschik. The van is equipped with six cameras to record the infants from different angles, recording equipment and powerful computers as well as a dedicated air conditioning and heating system. "With the help of artificial intelligence, we can introduce new methodological approaches to developmental science" explains Florentin Wörgötter, who accompanied the technical development of the Phenomobile. "This project and the cooperation between the participating institutions is thus exemplary for the interdisciplinary cooperation practised on the Göttingen Campus".
March 20, 2023: SFB 1528 supports Women's Careers and Networks Symposium
A symposium with talks, plenary discussions, and career talks where female researchers can explore different career options and establish important contacts to promote their career path: After the success of the last web symposia, this year’s Women’s Careers and Networks Symposium will take place on the 11 and 12 of May 2023 at the MPI for Multidisciplinary Sciences (Faßberg).
Organized by PhD students and postdocs of the University as well as the Max Planck Institutes the symposium aims to attract young scientists with inspiring lectures and discussions. The meeting’s goal is to bring together female PhD students and postdocs to meet successful women of varied professional backgrounds to exchange experiences and to discuss diverse career options. The symposium will start the 11 of May with a workshop day. The 12 of May the symposium will be opened by Prof. Dr. Viola Priesemann, group leader at MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization. Besides looking for their potential in different career paths, female scientists might like to get insight into which advancements will help them to achieve a leadership position. All the talks will be followed by interactive discussions with the participants. For more information on the
program and the speakers, please visit the WoCaNet Website
In addition, during the symposium Career talks will provide information and insights in career opportunities in academia and industry. The interactive concept of the symposium includes an exclusive Networking Dinner as an exceptional networking platform where the speakers meet a limited number of participants. Candidates interested in attending the dinner are asked to register.
March 16, 2023: In the press - You or me: who gets the higher reward?
March 10, 2023: In the press: How can we embed empathic intelligence in robots?
March 1, 2023: Double header lecture by Jan Zimmermann and Dora AngelakiOn March 21, the SFB invites to a double header lecture with Jan Zimmermann (University of Minnesota) and Dora E Angelaki (New York University). Jan Zimmermann will speak about
February 15th, 2023: 13th Annual Primate Neurobiology Meeting
February 6th, 2023: SFB members organising two symposia at the Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society
February 1, 2023: SFB Lecture by Oliver TüscherOn February 16th, 2023 at 10 AM, Prof. Oliver Tüscher from the University Medical Center Mainz and the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research will visit Göttingen and speak in a joint SFB / Leibniz ScienceCampus lecture about Neurobiological candidate mechanisms for resilience - goal directed behaviour under stress; the talk ( -> Abstract) will start c.t. in the Michael-Lankeit Hörsaal at the German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4.
January 13th, 2023: Dyadic Interaction: Humans and macaques apply different coordination strategies in decision games
Dec 1st, 2022: Talk by Constantin Rothkopf in the SFB Lecture series
Nov 17, 2022: What do we know about emerging vocalisations in infants with neurodevelopmental disorders?
The early development of pre-babbling vocalisations, babbling and language in typically developing children is well-understand. But what about infants with neurodevelopmental disorders? Pre-babbling vocalisations may provide valuable early signs for atypical development, but as a new review by SFB members Peter Marschik, Claudius Widmann and Florentin Wörgötter shows, little is known about the pre-babbling phase in infants with neurodevelopmental and genetic syndromes. The paper has been published in Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Oct 19, 2022: Anne Schacht guest on "Planet Wissen"
|Vice speaker and SFB PI Anne Schacht (projects A02, C02) joined the crew of the ARD science program "Planet Wissen" to explain how emotions influence our daily lives. The main focus of the show was on our strongest negative emotion "hate". Hate seems to play an evermore prevalent role in our daily lives, as aggression against politicians, authorities or people with other opinions or from different backgrounds becoming a serious threat to society. At the same time, hate is connecting people within groups. In the show, Anne Schacht discussed what hate does to us, and why it is so difficult to control it. The show is available in the ARD mediathek until Oct. 19th, 2027.|
Oct 4, 2022: Viola Priesemann appointed as professor at the University of Göttingen