Parmenides Foundation—Faculty


The scientific study of thinking requires expertise from a wide range of scientific fields including evolutionary biology and anthropology, neurosciences, developmental and experimental psychology, neuroinformatics, cognitive linguistics, and philosophy. The Parmenides faculty is assembled with the objective to have all of the pertinent disciplines represented by leading scientists in the field.


Faculty Members

Prof. Dr. Harald Atmanspacher · Theoretical Physics
Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health, Freiburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Evan Balaban · Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Prof. Dr. Peter Bandettini · Neuroscience, Biophysics
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda,

Prof. Dr. Yan Bao · Psychology
Department of Psychology, Peking University

Prof. Dr. Niels Birbaumer · Medical Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Tübingen, Germany; University of Trento, Italy

Prof. Dr. Per Aage Brandt · Cognitive Semiotics
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, US

Prof. Dr. Michael von Brück · Religious Studies
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Lin Chen · Cognitive Science
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Seán Cleary · Corporate Strategy, Development Economics
LEAD International, UK; Parmenides Foundation, Pullach/Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fikentscher · Anthropology of Law, Economics
Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Germany

Prof. Dr. Dedre Gentner · Psychology
Northwestern University, Evanston, USA

Prof. Dr. Vinod Goel · Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada

Prof. Dr. Benedikt Grothe · Neurobiology
Department of Neurobiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Balász Gulyás · Neuroscience
Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Rolf-Peter Horstmann · Philosophy
Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Giorgio Innocenti · Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Eva Jablonka · Genetics, Theoretical Biology
Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. Dr. Oliver Jahraus · Modern German Literature
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Sean Dorrance Kelly · Philosophy
Princeton University, US

Prof. Dr. Martin Kemp · History of Art
University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Dr. Günter von Kiedrowski · Bioorganic Chemistry
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Prof. Dr. Guenther Knoblich · Social Cognitive Neuroscience
Radboud University; Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Imre Kondor · Theoretical Physics
Eötvös Univerity, Budapest

Prof. Dr. Georg Kreutzberg · Neuroscience
Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany

Prof. Dr. George Lakoff · Cognitive Linguistics
University of California, Berkeley, US

Prof. Dr. Nikos Logothetis · Neurobiology
Department of Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Yoshihiro Miyake · Computational Intelligence, Systems Science
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Prof. Dr. Ulises C. Moulines · Philosophy of Science
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Albrecht von Müller · Philosophy
Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking, Pullach/Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin · Philosophy
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Rafael Núñez · Cognitive Science
University of California, San Diego, US

Prof. Dr. John P. O'Doherty · Neuroscience
California Institute of Technology, Los Angeles, US

Prof. Dr. Rolf Pfeifer · Embodied AI, Cognitive Robotics
Artifical Intelligence Lab, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Ernst Pöppel ·  Medical Psychology
Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking, Pullach/Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter · Neuroinformatics
University of Bielefeld, Germany

Prof. Dr. Wulf Schiefenhövel · Human Ethology, Medical Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Andechs, Germany
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Pro. Dr. Olaf Sporns · Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
Indiana University, Bloomington, US

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Strupp · Department of Neurology
Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, University Hospital, Campus Grosshadern, Germany

Prof. Dr. Eörs Szathmáry · Evolutionary Biology
Eötvös University Budapest, Hungary

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Vossenkuhl · Philosophy
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Semir Zeki · Neurobiology
University College London, UK