MERICS: Researching contemporary China in Europe

MERICS building

The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) is a European research institute which seeks to enhance knowledge about contemporary China in Europe. Based in Berlin, but with close connections to capitals across Europe, MERICS is harnessing global expertise to deliver nuanced insights into China and Chinese international relations. Countering the widespread misunderstanding of China which exists in European public debate, […]

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Quantum light for biomedical imaging

a scientist looks into a microscope

Normally, when we photograph an object, we rely on visible light from the sun that is captured directly by the camera sensor. When it comes to looking at cells and tissue samples though, it is often better to use infrared light. Inna Kviatkovsky and Dr Sven Ramelow at the Humboldt University Berlin, together with their collaborators at Max Delbruck Center […]

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Do we feel free when we make hard decisions? A psychological perspective on feelings of freedom in decision-making

Dr Lau investigates ‘subjective freedom’, that is the feeling or experience of being free.

Dr Stephan Lau, a Junior Professor at the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences in Berlin, is one of the first researchers to investigate experiences of freedom from a psychological perspective. Over the past decade, Dr Lau and his colleagues have conducted much research using a wide array of novel techniques to explore different factors which influence our experiences of […]

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How context influences language processing and comprehension

Words, words, words. They’re all around us, on toothpaste tubes, cell phones, cereal packets and television screens – and that’s before we leave the house! We read thousands of words every day and take our human ability to use language very much for granted. Yet language comprehension is a highly sophisticated process. Aided by technologies which track eye movement and […]

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