Research Groups and Subject Areas for Master´s Theses

The Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics develops outstanding young scientists with a Bachelor's degree who want to enter research as quickly as possible. A direct application can be an excellent opportunity for a promising research career. 

Brain States for Plasticity  
The Brain States for Plasticity Group aims to understand how information is encoded and stored in the human brain and how different brain states shape this process. 
Themes: Learning, Memory, Sleep, Brain States, Neuroplasticity
Methods: fMRI, diffusion-weighted MRI, EEG, fMRI-EEG, MVPA
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This lab focuses on advancing our understanding of the frontoparietal brain network mechanisms that underpin high-level cognition and adaptive behaviour.
Themes: High-Level Cognition, System Neuroscience
Methods: fMRI, EEG, Behavioral and Computational Modelling, Brain Stimulation

Dynamic Cognition Group 
This research group investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms of adaptive interaction with dynamic environments.
Themes: Attention and Consciousness, Temporal Cognition, Subcortical Functions
Methods: MEG, Neurological Patients

Molecular Signaling 
This research group combines bioengineering and in-vivo imaging to understand how molecular signals shape complex biological systems such as the mammalian brain.
Themes: Molecular Brain Processes, Engineering Molecular Probes
Methods: Bioengineering, Molecular Signaling, fMRI, fUS, Brain Imaging, Molecular Biology, Optogenetics, Synthetic Biology

Systems Neuroscience and Neuroengineering 
This joint lab develops technology to record and manipulate whole brain activity at cellular resolution in freely moving zebrafish, in order understand the neural basis of cognition and state-dependent computation.
Themes: Systems Neuroscience, Neuroengineering, Cognition, Neuromodulation, Recurrent Networks
Methods: Advanced Microscopy, Large-Scale Neural Data Processing and Analysis, Dynamical Systems Analysis, Robotics/Automation, Transgenesis

Translational Sensory and Circadian Neuroscience 
This research group aims to understand the effects of light on human physiology and behaviour.
Themes: Impact of Light on the Human Organism, Pathways of Blue-Sensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells
Methods: Circadian and neuroendocrine assessment methods, Spectral Engineering, (Psycho)physiological Measurements, Functional Neuroimaging, Computational Modelling, Ambulatory Light Measurement, Survey-Based Methods

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