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Mice transmit acquired adaptability to their offspring

If mice grow up in a stimulating environment, for example in large cages with running wheels and labyrinths with several other mice, their brain remains adaptable for longer, ie more plastic. In fact, not only these mice, but also their offspring, benefit from this enrichment. The offspring also have increased plasticity of the brain - even if they themselves did not grow up in a stimulating environment. This is what a team from the Collaborative Research Centre 889 "Cellular Mechanisms of Sensory Processing" at the University of Göttingen has discovered. The results were published in the journal eNeuro. more…


How much rainforest do birds need?

Researchers of the Department of Conservation Biology at the University of Göttingen have carried out research in Southwest Cameroon to assess which proportion of forest would be necessary in order to provide sufficient habitat for rainforest bird species. The results of the study were published in the journal Biological Conservation. more…


How words get an emotional meaning

Many objects and people in everyday life have an emotional meaning. A pair of wool socks, for example, has an emotional value if it was the last thing the grandmother knitted before her death. The same applies to words. The name of a stranger has no emotional value at first, but if a loving relationship develops, the same name suddenly has a positive connotation. Researchers at the University of Göttingen have investigated how the brain processes such stimuli, which can be positive or negative. more…


Award for Göttingen Agricultural Scientist

The agricultural scientist Professor Matin Qaim from the University of Göttingen was recently elected Fellow of the American Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). The fellowship is the highest US recognition in agricultural economics for outstanding and continuous scientific achievements. The AAEA has been honouring fellows since 1957. Qaim is the first German agricultural economist to receive this award. more…


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Health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

For 2019, I would like to wish health, happiness and personal and professional success to all students, staff, guests and alumni of Göttingen University and Göttingen Campus. I am certainly looking forward to working together with you in the future and to an eventful New Year! Your President Ulrike Beisiegel more…

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During the festive season, the libraries, canteens, cafeterias and sport facilities will only have limited opening hours. We have all the information you need. more…

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