After completing a psychologydegree at TU Berlin in 1996, Tania Singer was until 2000 PhD student at Max Planck Institute for Educational Research in Berlin. Afterwardsshe was a postdoc at the same institute and at the “Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience” and at the “Institute of CognitiveNeuroscience” in London. In 2006 shebecameassistantprofessor at the University of Zurich and from 2008, she was thefoundingchair of thedepartment “SocialNeuroscience and Neuroeconomics” and co-director of thelaboratoryfor “Social and Neural Systems Research”. From 2010 to 2018 she was Director of the Department of SocialNeurosciences at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and nowhasthescientificleadership of the Max Planck Research Group “SocialNeurosciences” in Berlin on the North Campus of the Humboldt University in Berlin, the University wheresheis also an honoraryprofessor.
Sheisthefounder and director of theReSource Projects, a large-scale, long-term studybythe European Research Council on theeffects of mental training on mind, brain, behavior and health. Togetherwith Prof. Dennis Snowerfromthe Kiel Institute for World Economics has a collaboration on Caring Economics, whichsometimesfromInstitute of New EconomicThinking was funded. Theyexaminehowinsightsfrombiology and psychologycanovercometheomnipresentidea of Homo oeconomicus and bring aboutneweconomicmodels in terms of collaboration and decision-making. As part of yourlong-time member of theMind and Life Institute, sheorganizedtogetherwith Matthieu Ricard two large conferenceswiththeDalai Lama in 2010 in Zurich and in 2016 in Brussels, out of whichtwobookshaveemerged: Compassion in theeconomy and thePower of care. Sheis also theauthor of morethan 150 scientificpapers and bookchapters.