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Does speech production influence speech perception?
Mar 24, 2017
While clearly everyone speaks in their own way, does everyone hear in their own way? William Schuerman’s thesis examined whether and how the way that we speak influences how we perceive sounds and words spoken by others. Schuerman will defend his thesis on March 27th at 12:30 at the Aula of Radboud University Nijmegen. more >
Defect in non-coding DNA might trigger brain disorders such as severe language impairment
Mar 14, 2017
Genetic variation in the non-coding DNA could give rise to language impairments in children and other neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University in Nijmegen found. Molecular Psychiatry publishes their work based on a new approach on March 14. more >
Brainwaves encode the grammar of human language
Mar 06, 2017
Every day you hear at least some utterances you’ve never heard before. That you can understand them is partly due to the fact that they are structured according to grammatical rules. Scientists have found that the human brain may use the relative timing of brainwaves to encode and decode the structures in a sentence. more >
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 >

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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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