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Language processing in a conversation context
Feb 16, 2017
On Monday February 20th, Lotte Schoot will defend her thesis entitled "Language processing in a conversation context" at the Radboud Aula at 10:30am. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Below is a short summary of the content of her thesis. more >
Brain oscillations in language
Feb 08, 2017
Understanding written and spoken language is essential for daily life, but how does the brain make this possible? Nietzsche Lam’s thesis examined which frequencies and areas are responsible for individual facets of language comprehension, and how they work together. Lam will defend her thesis on February 10th at 10:30 at the Aula of Radboud University Nijmegen. more >
Handedness arises from genes in the spinal cords of embryos
Feb 07, 2017
The left side of the spinal cord matures slightly faster than the right side in human embryos of four to eight weeks age. This is the earliest left-right difference of development in the human nervous system yet discovered. An international team led by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour revealed this by studying the activity levels of many genes. more >
Music and language comprehension
Feb 07, 2017
What happens in the brain when we understand language and hear music? Richard Kunert looked at whether the structure of music and language is partially processed by the same brain systems. Based on his research it turns out that structurally challenging sentences could alter harmonic judgments. Kunert will defend his thesis on February the 10th at 12:30h at the aula of the Radboud University Nijmegen. more >
Biology of variation in anatomical brain asymmetries
Jan 31, 2017
Left-right asymmetry is an important aspect of brain organization, which is of relevance to human evolution, higher cognitive functions, and cognitive disorders. Tulio Guadalupe’s dissertation assessed the effects of various biological factors on natural variability in anatomical brain asymmetries. Guadalupe will defend his thesis on Thursday, February 2 at 12:30 in the Aula of the Radboud University. more >
Nijmegen Lectures 2017 by Gary Dell
Jan 23, 2017
From January 23-25, Gary Dell (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will give this year's Nijmegen Lectures. Professor Dell will lead three days of lectures and discussion on the theme of Language production: Lessons from Freud, rats, and connectionism. more >
Levinson Honorary Member Linguistic Society of America
Jan 19, 2017
We are delighted to announce that Stephen Levinson, director of the department Language and Cognition, has been elected by the Executive Committee and the members of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) for an Honorary membership in the Society. Levinson, professor of Comparative Linguistics at the Radboud University Nijmegen, will have the status of Honorary Member for life. more >
Your own voice can change your ears
Jan 18, 2017
People differ in how fast they speak, but how does that variation influence our listening? A recent study by Hans Rutger Bosker from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics shows that talking at a fast rate yourself can change how you perceive another talker's speech. more >
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This is the MPI

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.

 

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