Since some 150 years, when photography and film allowed capturing the visual world surrounding us, images have gained an ever-growing importance both in science and society. Images do more than illustrate, they make their own statement. In the natural sciences, the significance of images has also increased starting from the middle of the 19th century. During the same time period, objectivity has become the guiding principle of science. As a result, the expectations placed on scientists have changed. Creative people, who can identify new insights from the multitude of images generated by science, are now in demand.
In this presentation, Professor Gruss will discuss why brain research may best illustrate the continuous use of images. They drive the process of hypothesis building on the workings of nature but at the same time the quest for ever better imaging technology. Today, we can already observe nerve cells at work in live animals as in studies performed at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. Images not only inspire new hypothesis and provide evidence but also reward neurobiologists and everyone with new looks at the beauty of nature.
The psychological, neuronal and socio-cultural basis of aesthetic perceptions and judgments is the focus of the newly founded Max Planck Institute for empirical Aesthetics. In a highly interdisciplinary approach typical for Max Planck Institutes, the scientists study the areas of literature, music, and the empirical cognitive and social science. Professor Gruss will provide insights into the highly diverse research portfolio of the Max Planck Society.
Peter Gruss has been President of the Max Planck Society since 2002. It is Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 17 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide.
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