Prof. Dr. Tania Singer

Prof. Dr. Tania Singer
Scientific Head
Social Neuroscience Lab
Max Planck Society


Campus Nord, Haus5
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Philippstrasse 13
10099 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 209346-180
E-mail:
singer@social.mpg.de

Short CV

After completion of her psychology studies at the Technical University in Berlin in 1996, Tania Singer received her PhD in Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin in 2000. Thereafter, she became a Post-doctoral Fellow at the same institution, at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, and at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London. In 2006, she went to the University of Zurich as Assistant Professor and became later Inaugural Chair of Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research. From 2010 to 2018 she was Director of the department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and is now head of the social neuroscience lab of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.

She is founder and principal investigator of the ReSource project, a large-scale longitudinal study on the effects of mental training on brain plasticity, mental and physical wellbeing and prosocial behavior, co-financed by the European Research Council. She further holds a cooperation with Prof. Dennis Snower from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy on the topic of Caring Economics, funded by the Institute of New Economic Thinking. They investigate how biology and psychology can inform new economic models and decision-making. In the context of her longtime membership at the Mind and Life Institute, she helped organize together with Matthieu Ricard two large-scale conferences with the Dalai Lama in 2010 in Zürich and in 2016 in Brussels. These two conferences were published in two books, "Caring Economics" and "Power and Care". Tania has further published her findings in more than 150 high-impact peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Important Projects

Das ReSource Projekt
The ReSource Project is a large scale longitudinal study on mental training. We investigate how mental traing can influence the brain, health, stress reduction, subjective well-being, and social behavior. more
Caring Economics
Together with Prof. Dr Dennis J. Snower from the Kiel Institute of World Economy, we investigate how neuropsychological finding on human motivation, emotion, and social cognition can inform models of economic decision making. more
Mitgefühl. In Alltag und Forschung
The free eBook by Tania Singer and Matthias Bolz describes existing secular training programs, the current state of science as well as practical experience reports. The new design of the eBook offers extensive video material, original sound collages by Nathalie Singer and artistic photos by Olafur Eliasson. more

Books

Power and Care
The English version of Power and Care - Toward Balance of our Common Future - Science, Society, and Sprirtuality will be released on May 7th 2019 more
Power and Care

Power and Care

This book, edited by Tania Singer and Matthieu Ricard, summarizes the content of a Mind and Life conference with the Dalai Lama on the topic of "Power and Care" in Brussels in 2016. Internationally renown scientists, politicians, economists and artists discuss in dialogue with the Dalai Lama how a healthy balance between the forces of power and care can help solve global problems of our society such as climate change or an increasing inequality gap.
Caring Economics
The book Caring Economics, edited by Tania Singer and Matthieu Ricard, originated from a conference on "altruism and compassion in economic systems", that both organized together with the Mind and Life institute in 2010 in Zürich. Highly recognized international researchers and economists discuss together with the Dalai Lama how new economic thinking can be reformulated on the basis of newest research findings from psychology and the neurosciences. more

Press

October 5, 2017 - "Different meditation types train distinct parts of your brain." An article in New Scientist reports on the research work of Prof. Tania Singer and the two most recent publications of the Department of Social Neuroscience in Science Advances. more
October 5, 2017 - "Different meditation types train distinct parts of your brain." An article in New Scientist reports on the research work of Prof. Tania Singer and the two most recent publications of the Department of Social Neuroscience in Science Advances. more
July 14, 2017 –Tania Singer awarded IPPA Fellowship 2017 more
3. Januar 2017 – The Top 10 Insights from the "Science of a Meaningful Life" in 2016 more
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