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New introductory book on genetics and the language sciences
Mar 25, 2015
It is difficult to answer questions such as “how do children learn language?”, “how did language evolve in our species?”, and “how do languages spread?” without considering the compelling and increasingly important evidence from genetics. more >
Exploring the genetics of language on Robinson Crusoe Island
Mar 24, 2015
A gene that may help explain the high rate of language disorder among inhabitants of a remote Pacific island has been identified in a new study involving researchers from the MPI Language and Genetics Department. more >
New book on studying the brain basis of naturalistic language
Mar 20, 2015
When we think of everyday language use, we probably think of ordinary conversations, reading and writing, e-mails, books, text messages, and so on. The brain basis of language as it’s used in daily life is the subject of a new volume edited by Roel Willems of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. more >
How do you know when someone will say no?
Mar 09, 2015
Every day we ask people to do things – we invite a friend to lunch, ask a family member to help us move, propose a date and time to meet with a co-worker. For the most part, our conversational partners accept our invitations, grant our requests, and agree to our proposals. But the threat of rejection always hangs over us. more >
The Origin of Abstract Thought: Spelke and Carey deliver Nijmegen Lectures 2015, Feb 25-27
Feb 20, 2015
This year's Nijmegen Lectures will be given by Elizabeth Spelke and Susan Carey (Harvard University). The pair will lead three days of lectures and discussion on the origin and development of abstract concepts. more >
Asli Özyürek awarded VICI grant of 1,5 million Euro to research spatial cognition
Feb 16, 2015
Asli Özyürek, Professor in Gesture, Language and Cognition at Radboud University and a research associate of MPI Nijmegen, has been awarded a prestigious VICI grant by NWO for the project “Giving cognition a hand: Linking spatial cognition to linguistic expression in native and late signers and bimodal bilinguals”. This grant will enable the expansion of her research group, which will examine the relationship between spatial cognition and linguistic expression in the visual channel and its development. more >
How our hands contribute to language structure in spoken and signed languages
Feb 12, 2015
MPI researchers Asli Özyürek (editor) and Connie de Vos (author) contribute to an interdisciplinary special issue of the journal Topics in Cognitive Science. The issue brings together articles on the visual aspects of communication in spoken and signed languages, from co-speech gestures to complex signs. more >
Two dissertation prizes for Hans Rutger Bosker
Feb 09, 2015
Hans Rutger Bosker, post-doctoral researcher within the Psychology of Language department, has been awarded two prizes for his doctoral dissertation, entitled “The processing and evaluation of fluency in native and non-native speech” (Utrecht University). more >
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About 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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