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New brain sciences center

Max Planck Institute brings together behavioralists and neuroscientists in Leipzig, Germany

Jane Burgermeister(janeburgermeister@yahoo.co.uk)

A new center for research into cognitive psychology and the brain sciences has been founded in Germany.

The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences was formed following the merger of two existing Max Planck institutes: the Institute for Psychological Research in Munich and the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience in Leipzig.

The 220 staff belonging to the new institute will move to the new site in Leipzig when the construction of permanent facilities is completed in 2006. Until then, they will continue to work at the institute's two branches in Munich and Leipzig.

“This new institute unites the forces of cognitive and brain scientists,” Wolfgang Prinz from Munich told The Scientist. “Behavioral scientists will benefit from the availability of technology for brain imaging and the expertise of their colleagues in neuroscience. The neuroscientists, on the other hand, will benefit from behavioral scientist's paradigms, theories, and understanding of...

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