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Director Stephen 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 >
Adoptees advantaged by birth language memory
Jan 18, 2017
Language learning very early on in life can be subconsciously retained even when no conscious knowledge of the early experience remains. The subconscious knowledge can then be tapped to speed up learning of the pronunciation of sounds of the lost tongue. A paper describing these results of language scientists from (amongst others) Radboud University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) has been published in Royal Society Open Science on January 18. more >
Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder
Jan 03, 2017
By screening thousands of individuals, an international team led by researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the University of Bristol, the Broad Institute and the iPSYCH consortium has provided new insights into the relationship between genes that confer risk for autism or schizophrenia and genes that influence our ability to communicate during the course of development. more >
In Memoriam Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Dec 22, 2016
We received the tragic news that Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith passed away on December 19. Annette importantly contributed to our Max Planck Institute during its critical starting phase. more >
Deaf children prefer to use signs that look like the action they refer to
Nov 14, 2016
In many sign languages, the manual languages of the deaf communities, objects have two possible signs. One represents the action associated with the object and the other resembles its physical shape. Do these different resemblances matter for deaf children learning a sign language? A study by researchers from Radboud University and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics showed that it does. more >
Emeritus hoogleraar en MPI gastonderzoeker Pieter Seuren schrijft boek: ‘Excursies in de tijd’
Nov 07, 2016
Pieter Seuren, emeritus hoogleraar aan de Radboud Universiteit en MPI gastonderzoeker, presenteert op vrijdag 25 november zijn boek ‘Excursies in de tijd’. Dit meeslepend geschreven boek, dat op 4 november is verschenen, trakteert u op een aantal onverbloemd vertelde episodes uit de wereldgeschiedenis. more >
Amaia Carrión Castillo defends thesis “Deciphering common and rare genetic effects on reading ability”
Nov 02, 2016
How do our genes affect how good we are at reading? Amaia Carrión Castillo of the MPI Language and Genetics Department addresses this question in her PhD thesis ‘Deciphering common and rare genetic effects on reading ability’, which she will defend on 7 November 2016. more >
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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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