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Mind, Brain and Behaviour

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  • Photo: Center for Mind Brain and Behavior

Short Description

Understanding the brain and, ultimately, the human mind is the key goal of the joint activities of the Campus Research Focus "Mind, Brain and Behaviour." Basic research projects span from subcellular processes to the whole brain, in healthy subjects and in neurological and psychiatric patients. Interdisciplinary approaches bring together scientists from biology, computer science, language sciences, mathematics, medicine, pharmacy, physics, psychology and sports science. In their projects they join forces to understand the healthy and diseased brain.

In the field of Behavioral and System Neurosciences researchers study the functions of the human mind and behaviour in an integrated way, using highly realistic contexts, delivered through innovative technologies, such as virtual reality, computer graphics and artificially controlled colour and illumination environments. These techniques make it possible to combine the full richness of human experiences and behaviour in naturalistic conditions, with rigorous scientific control.  

The strategic importance of the Neurosciences and Psychology is also documented by recently launched research-oriented Master study programmes. These research activities and individualized training concepts allow to attract the most talented international students and early stage researchers to central Hesse and provide them with state-of-the-art infrastructure for their training and research work.

The scientists at the Campus Research Focus Mind, Brain and Behaviour have established an outstanding national and international reputation over the last two decades. This context of excellence provides a unique platform for the further development of existing and future collaborative research enterprises.

Successful Joint Research
  • Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Project about the neuronal basis of material perception by Dr. Katja Dörschner-Boyaci
    Funding period: 2014 to 2019
  • Hertie-Senior-Research professorship Neuroscience to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang H. Oertel
    Funding period: 2013 to 2020


Research Infrastructure
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Scanner, Giessen University
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Scanner, Marburg University 
Participating Researchers

At Justus Liebig University Giessen

  • Katja Dörschner-Boyaci, PhD
    Psychology, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Roland Fleming
    Psychology, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Katja Fiehler
    Psychology, JLU
  • Prof. Karl Gegenfurtner
    Psychology, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Mathias Hegele
    Sports Science, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Jürgen Hennig
    Psychology, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Knauff
    Psychology, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Hermann Müller
    Sports Science, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Jörn Munzert
    Sports Science, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Gudrun Schwarzer
    Psychology, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Rudolf Stark
    Psychology, JLU
  • Prof. Dr. Bianca Wittmann
    Psychology, JLU


At Philipps-Universität Marburg

  • Prof. Dr. Annette Borchers
    Morphology and Evolution of Animals, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Bremmer
    Neurophysics, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Niels Decher
    Vegetative Physiology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Moritz Bünemann
    Pharmacology and Toxicology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Carsten Culmsee
    Clinical Pharmacy, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Dominik Endres
    Theoretical Neurosciences, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Homberg
    Neurobiology & Ethology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Jansen
    Neuroimaging, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. med. Tilo Kircher
    Psychiatry UMR
  • Prof. Dr. med. Susanne Knake
    Neurology UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Krug
    Neuropsychology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Harald Lachnit
    Experimental and Biological Psychology, UMR
  • Stephanie Mehl
    Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Igor Nenadic
    Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Katja Nieweg
    Physiology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Oberwinkler
    Molecular Psychology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Oertel
    Neurology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Dominik Oliver
    Neurophysiology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Peper
    Neuropsychology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Timothy D. Plant
    Pharmacology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Marco Rust
    Biochemical Pharmacology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Schachtner
    Neurobiology and Ethology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schratt
    Physiological Chemistry, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Schubö
    Cognitive Neuroscience of Perception and Action, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarting
    Behavioral Neuroscience, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straube
    Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Herwig Strik
    Neurology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Kati Thieme
    Medical Psychology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Lars Timmermann
    Neurology, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Eberhard Weihe
    Molecular Neurosciences, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Richard Wiese
    Phonology, Morphology, Psycholinguistics, Orthography, UMR