Psychologist Marcel Brass is concerned with the neuronal and cognitive foundations of our social behavior. In addition, he conducts research on questions of action control and free will using neuroscientific methods. After his studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Marcel Brass received his PhD in 2000 as a doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität München. This was followed by a research position at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. In 2006, Marcel Brass was awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship by the German Research Foundation. In the same year, he took up a research professorship at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where he researched and taught until his appointment to Berlin. Marcel Brass has taken up his Einstein Professorship at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the winter semester 2020/21.
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In the article "On Social Autopilot" by Marcel Brass in the series "Elephants & Butterflies - Science in a nutshell", the author presents his research on social intelligence and explores the question of why we behave differently in social groups than we do alone.