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Date:5/7/2012

son: Professor Dr. Matthias Hein, Technical University of Ilmenau)

The two "decision sciences" of economics and psychology are combined in Research Unit 1882 "Psychoeconomics: Interacting Decision Processes and their Consequences for Economic Performance", for understanding human decision-making is essential for both disciplines. Decision models are important in order to comprehend the consequences of economic and social policy, the effect of incentives and education, market mechanisms and the impact areas of economic institutions. From a collaboration between the behavioural schools of economics and psychology, the Research Unit expects tremendous benefits and intends to develop on this basis an integrative, data-based understanding of the motivations and strategies that influence human conduct, such as conflict resolution and learning behaviour. (Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Carlos Als-Ferrer, University of Constance)

How does the molecular choreography of processes and functions in and at the ribosome work? This is the question asked by Research Unit 1805 "Ribosome Dynamics in Regulation of Speed and Accuracy of Translation". The translation of the genetic information of a nucleotide chain into a functional protein is a key biological process. The scientists' goal is therefore to map the dynamic aspects of ribosomal function at different levels, with methods ranging from atomic analysis to cell-wide stochastic examination. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems serve as objects of research, allowing insight into the principles, differing functions and regulation of ribosomes. This will be done using interdisciplinary methods from high-resolution structural science, biochemistry and biophysics. (Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Zoya Ignatova, University of Potsdam)

Unwanted leakage of urine, even in minor amounts, causes social problems; in larger quantities it also leads to health issues. Costs in Germany for incontinence-aids alone exceed half a
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Contact: Marco Finetti
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49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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