Our way of thinking – New findings from rationality research

19 April 2018, 19:00
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Markus Knauff, University Gießen
Part of the series "Excursion – Insight into the world of science"

Prof. Dr. Markus Knauff | © Markus Knauff

Prof. Dr. Markus Knauff | © Markus Knauff

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About the event

In biological systematics, man is called Homo sapiens – i.e. intelligent, reasonable human being. But what is it that makes us "reasonable"? What happens in our brains when we think "rationally" and arrive at sensible decisions? Experimental psychology and cognition research can answer these questions by now.

But sometimes, humans also act irrationally and take wrong decisions. What is it that goes wrong in our brains on such an occasion? And what do we wish to consider reasonable anyway? Can we learn something for our way of thinking in daily life from the scientific examination of cognitive processes?

The psychologist and cognition researcher Markus Knauff addresses these questions. In his lecture he will also explore the influence of fundamental research on our self-perception as intelligent beings and the resulting practical consequences for us as individuals and as a society.

The German Research Foundation cordially invites you to this lecture.

Information overview

Date19 April 2018, 19:00
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Fürstensaal, 1st floor
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 150/ 153/ 154, station/ bus stop Universität
Bus lines 100/ 153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
RegistrationPlease register by e-mail to or by calling +49 89 28638-2115
Reserved seats need to be occupied 15 minutes before the start of the lecture at the latest.
AdmissionAdmission is free.
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