The Adaptive Mind

The TAM cluster initiative with FIAS Senior Fellow Jochen Triesch aims to understand fundamental processes of human perception, thought and behaviour that enable us to adapt to constantly changing conditions. The next step is a full proposal in August 2024.

The TAM cluster initiative is coordinated by the Justus Liebig University Giessen, the Philipps University Marburg and the Technical University Darmstadt. FIAS Senior Fellow Jochen Triesch is one of three Frankfurt scientists involved in the initiative as PIs. TAM brings together researchers from psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience with experts in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and robotics to decipher universal principles of human adaptability. The findings will be implemented in computer models that can mimic, predict and explain both the spectacular successes and tragic limitations of the human mind, with implications for basic research, mental health and the development of safe AI and robotics technology. "Human adaptability, mental health, safe AI: these are the core themes of 'The Adaptive Mind' - and they have never been more relevant than they are today," says perceptual psychologist Roland Fleming from Giessen, spokesperson for the planned cluster. "With these topics and a research team that is as motivated as it is excellent, we hope to convince the reviewers of the merits of our cluster."