Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB) DE

Specific Department: Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Main individuals carrying out task

(1)  Dr. Joerg Fingerhut, Postdoctoral Researcher, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, PI Einstein Group „Consciousness, Emotions, Values”;

(2)  Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen, Professor for Philosophy of Mind, Institute for Philosophy; Academic director of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Main tasks

As member of PMT (Fingerhut) and working at an interdisciplinary research environment, HUB will oversee how the mainly experimental data will be embedded in a larger theoretical context. As coordinator of research on art in urban settings, HUB will also coordinate research in the art scene of Berlin. HUB will be responsible for planning, executing, and overseeing the art in the urban environment studies (WP3) in collaboration with UNIVIE, and will provide collaboration and on-site assistance for museum art studies (WP2) and experience sampling (WP4). Responsible for the interdisciplinary embedding of empirical data in a broader theory of perspectives of philosophy of art, art engagement, and empirical methods (Task 6.1) and assessment of impact on self-identity from art engagement (Task 6.3). Will also lead the planning of all stakeholder integration meetings (WP1) and personally host meeting in month 24 (Connect WPs results, begin artist co-creation).

General Description

The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin was founded in 1810. It is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. Currently, about 38000 students are enrolled at the university. Its budget is € 397.8 million. It is one of the eleven universities in the German Universities Excellence Initiative. The university is known worldwide for pioneering the Humboldtian model of higher education, which has strongly influenced other European and Western universities, and the university has been called "the mother of all modern universities. The university has been associated with 55 Nobel Prize winners.

Currently, the Humboldt University is involved in 54 non-university cooperation projects and home to two clusters of excellence, two collaborative research centers (in steering position) and three graduate schools.

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is an international and interdisciplinary research school that offers master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral programs in English. It was established in 2006 and receives its funding through the Excellence Initiative, the Einstein Foundation Berlin, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The school is a founding member of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin (ECN) and a first- prize winner of the Einstein Doctoral Program 2017-2019 prize for the best doctoral programs at Berlin universities. Based at Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin, and located at Humboldt Graduate School, the main partner institutions in research, education and training are the Charité Medical School and the universities in Berlin, Potsdam, Magdeburg and Leipzig as well as the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, and the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. The School is part of one of Europe’s largest mind and brain research communities.

 Main individuals carrying out research
Significant infrastructure and/or items of technical equipment

The Berlin School of Mind & Brain has access to a range of facilities and equipment for psychological research, including psychophysics, brain imaging and VR laboratories. The “Consciousness, Emotion, Values” group will provide access to a Pupil Labs eye tracking solution and an Empatica E4 physiological measurement device. The multidisciplinary cognitive science research environment at Berlin School of Mind & Brain, with close ties to Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) and Charité university hospital as well as the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology offers a wide range of expertise and infrastructure. Prof. Pauen and Dr. Fingerhut are also associated to the group of Einstein Visiting Fellow Vittorio Gallese on “The Development of Identity: Socio-cultural practices from dyads to groups” that we will collaborate with on the topic of aesthetic self theory (WP4). The Berlin School of Mind and Brain has collaborated previously with the Galerie Wedding, and other art venues, as well as with the Association of Neuroesthetics (AoN).