Prof. Dr. Tania Singer

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

JFK House
Bertha-Benz-Str. 3
10557 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 23608-150


About Tania Singer

Tania Singer is the 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, the former president of 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

A Berlin research project on experiencing stress, social cohesion and resilience during the Corona crisis in cooperation with the Charite - Universitaetsmedicin Berlin, the Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin and the MPI for Psychiatry. more
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
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
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


This book, edited by Tania Singer and Matthieu Ricard in cooperation with Kate Karius, 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. The German version was released on September 2nd, 2019.
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.

Selected Talks

TOA Conference

Tania Singer gives a talk at the Tech Open Air Conference in Berlin, July 2019.
Tech Open Air is Europe's leading technology Festival.

World Economic Forum

In 2015 again, Tania Singer was invited to give a talk at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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