The MindBrainBody Institute is situated at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (a graduate school of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin established by the German Excellence Initiative in 2006) and is closely linked to the Department of Neurology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.
Every year, we organize the MindBrainBody (MBB) Symposium during the International Brain Awareness Week in Berlin.
Research at the MindBrainBody Institute focuses on three areas related to mind-brain-body interactions, using behavioral and neurophysiological / neuroimaging methods:
- Somatosensory system
- Mind-body-emotion interactions, stress, and their relation to vascular risk factors like hypertension
- Stroke with focus on somatosensory symptoms, as well as pain and emotional disturbance
- Heart-brain interactions (e.g., cardiac cycle studies, heart rate variability)
- The use of virtual reality for neuroscience and medicine (cf. also the open, informal VRiday Meetup once a month)
Research projects are performed in close partnership with other groups at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, at NRO-CBS, the German competence net stroke, the excellence cluster NeuroCure at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin), the Center for Stroke Research Berlin (CSB), and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience.