Tania Singer

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Tania Singer (born 1969) is a German psychologist and social neuroscientist. She is scientific head of the Social Neuroscience Lab of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany. She received her Phd in Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin in 2000. After a few years as a Post-doctoral Fellow in London, she became Assistant Professor in 2006 and later Inaugural Chair of Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research in Zürich. From 2010 to 2018 she was a Director of the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. Her research focuses on the developmental, neuronal, and hormonal mechanisms underlying human social behaviour and empathy. Singer’s Caring Economics: Conversations on Altruism and Compassion, Between Scientists, Economists, and the Dalai Lama was published in 2015. She is the daughter of the neuroscientist Wolf Singer. In her role as an institute director, she has been involved in a bullying scandal, in which she was accused of bullying and intimidating her employees. An internal investigation confirmed these accusations, resulting in the resignation of her position as a director in Leipzig.


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