Roland G. Benoit, Ph.D.

In 2016, I have started my research group, the Adaptive Memory lab, at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.


We investigate the adaptive mechanisms that shape and facilitate the contents of our memories. In particular, our research focuses on the prefrontal processes supporting voluntary forgetting of the past and episodic simulation of the future. (For more information, please see Research.)


This work will combine sophisticated cognitive procedures with a range of neuroscience methods, including fMRI (e.g., functional connectivity, multivariate-pattern analysis; 3T and 7T scanners), neuromodulation (tDCS and TMS), and neuropsychological examinations of patients with focal brain lesions.

The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences is located in trendy Leipzig (see the Guardian and New York Times), only a short train ride from Berlin. The institute hosts a vibrant community of international researchers, and the working language is English. There is hence no requirement to speak German. The Research Group has access to all of the institute's state-of-the-art facilities that include several MRI scanners (both at 3T and 7T), MEG, 64 and 96 channel EEG, neuromodulation (tDCS and TMS), virtual reality, and a pool of neuropsychological patients.