Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Key issues of the human mind such as awareness, language, mental illnesses and perception can only be resolved through collaboration between different disciplines such as psychology, linguistics, neuroscience and philosophy.

The doctoral programme at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain prepares young scientists for this demanding interdisciplinary work. In recent years, the school has gained widespread recognition on both the national and international levels. It plans to expand the academic programme (new theme: “Fundamentals of social thought”) and establish an interdisciplinary master’s course and an innovative post-doctoral programme within the next five years.

The initiators of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain Graduate School of Excellence aim to advance science at the interface between mind and brain, and to provide it with a platform to closely link basic and applied research.

Reasons for the Berlin School of Mind and Brain

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain ...

  1. has proven to be one of the most important centres for cooperation between the human, social and neurosciences in Berlin, with a wide national and international reach.
  2. has produced a large number of extremely successful doctoral students within just five years. These students have authored more than one hundred publications and most of them have embarked on outstanding careers.
  3. offers a one-of-a-kind combination of mind and brain research that is unique within the Berlin scientific landscape.
  4. boasts excellent scientists (5 Leibniz and 3 European Research Council award winners) in the fields of awareness, decision-making, language, brain plasticity, mental and neurological disorders, and social thought.
  5. is the key to a close cooperation between university-related (HU, FU, TU), clinical (Charité) and non-university research (Max Planck Institute Berlin and Leipzig; Max Delbrück Centre).
  6. promotes the development of young scientists through a new form of integration in the master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral phases.

Additional Information


Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer (Charité)
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen (HU)