Caroline Szymanski
High-Tech Entrepreneurship

Caroline Szymanski

Current position
PhD, Research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Social Neurosciences
Tools for Synthesis and Empathy in Design Thinking
Facilitation of Interdisciplinary Teamwork



  • Design Thinking


Caroline Szymanski is a Design Thinking coach and innovation consultant with a focus on teamwork. Also, she’s a cognitive neuroscientist at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and the Max Planck Institute of Human Development with a focus on neuro-teamwork.

Caroline has been teaching Design Thinking for more than 5 years at the HPI School of Design Thinking and other universities in Germany. As an innovation consultant she’s helped numerous clients (e.g. Hewlett Packard, Deutsche Bahn) in the cooperate world to integrate Design Thinking into their innovation processes.


Jury Member innovation competition
2013 - present

Freelance Innovation Consultant
2012 - present

Hasso-Plattner- Institut, School of Design Thinking
2012 - present

Predoctoral Research Fellow
Max-Planck- Institute for Human Development and the Berlin School of Mind & Brain
2012 - present

Program Manager
Hasso-Plattner-Institut, School of Design Thinking
2012 - 2013

Innovation Designer
PCH Innovations Berlin – Los Angeles


  • Pigorini, A., Sarasso, S., Proserpio, P., Szymanski, C., Arnulfo, G., Casarotto, S., ... & Palva, J. M. (2015). Bistability breaks-off deterministic responses to intracortical stimulation during non-REM sleep. Neuroimage, 112, 105-113.
  • Pöppel, E., Avram, M., Bao, Y., Graupmann, V., Gutyrchik, E., Lutz, A., Szymanski, C. & Zaytseva, Y. (2013). Sensory processing of art as a unique window into cognitive mechanisms: evidence from behavioral experiments and fMRI studies. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 86, 10-17.
  • Zaytseva, Y., Szymanski, C., Gutyrchik, E., Pechenkova, E., Vlasova, R., & Wittmann, M. (2015). A disembodied man: A case of somatopsychic depersonalization in schizotypal disorder. PsyCh journal, 4(4), 186-198.


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