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Martin Becker to defend thesis on understanding the regulation of the FOXP2 gene in the brain
Oct 21, 2016
People with FOXP2 mutations develop speech and language problems. Causative mutations in the vicinity of the gene can impair the production of the FOXP2 gene product. Martin Becker has identified DNA-sequences that regulate the production of FOXP2 and determined their activity in human cells and mouse brains. The findings may facilitate the identification of mutations causing speech problems and help understand the role of FOXP2 in normal brain development. more >
The courtship song of male mice is disrupted by a genetic mutation known to affect human speech
Oct 20, 2016
Male mice with a Foxp2 mutation known to disturb human speech, produce less sophisticated ‘songs’ according to a new study by a team of scientists from Duke University and the Max Planck for Psycholinguistics. The mice make ultrasonic calls with normal acoustic structure, but when wooing a female their songs are unusually short and the sequence of syllables is not as complex. more >
Stephen Levinson appointed honorary doctor at Uppsala University’s Faculty of Languages
Oct 10, 2016
Uppsala University awarded director Stephen Levinson with an honorary doctorate in the Faculty of Languages. Levinson is honoured for his work on the relationship between language, culture, and the mind and to strengthen the academic ties with the MPI for Psycholinguistics. more >
IMPRS Writing Contest prize for article on what bats can teach us about language
Sep 27, 2016
The International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences 2016 writing contest for PhD students was won by the three-author team of Merel Maslowski, Kathleen Ng, and Marvin Uhlmann. For their article, they spoke with Sonja Vernes about how studying vocal learning in bats can help understand human language. more >
Ewelina Wnuk to defend thesis “Semantic specificity of perception verbs in Maniq”
Sep 13, 2016
Verbs are the critical ingredient of our sentences, but depending on the language we speak, the verbs we use in general everyday contexts have either more or less specific meanings. What factors influence the specificity of meaning in verbs? Ewelina Wnuk investigated this question by studying verbs in Maniq, a language spoken by a group of 300 nomadic hunter-gatherers in Thailand. more >
New MPI working group on language evolution and interaction
Sep 08, 2016
In 2016 and 2017, ten post-doc researchers will join the MPI to form the Language Evolution and Interaction Scholars of Nijmegen group (LEvInSON). This will be one of the world’s largest teams of language evolution researchers. more >
A new department at the MPI: Language Development
Sep 01, 2016
On September 1, 2016, the MPI gains a new department on Language Development headed by Caroline Rowland from the University of Liverpool. Her plan is for the new department to lead the research field in child language development with cutting-edge methods. more >
Does clickbait apply to academia?
Aug 12, 2016
A recent study in The Winnower found that journal articles whose titles contain clickbait-y characteristics are shared more widely. Analysing over 2000 titles from articles published in Frontiers in Psychology in 2013 and 2014, revealed that positive framing and more interesting phrasing lead to more attention online. 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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