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Christine Mohrmann Stipend for Linda Drijvers
Dec 15, 2017
On Tuesday 12 December, Linda Drijvers received the Christine Mohrmann Stipend 2017. This stipend is awarded by the Radboud University to promising female PhD candidates to pursue a career in academia after completing their PhD theses. more >
Celebrating 25 years of research into language and cognition
Dec 14, 2017
Does language shape the way you think? Does conversation work the same way across cultures? What can diverse languages tell us about how we experience the world? These are just some of the questions pursued in 25 years of research in the Language and Cognition Department under the leadership of Stephen C. Levinson. MPI writer in residence Michael Erard sat down with him for an interview. more >
A practical guide for language researchers
Dec 13, 2017
By bringing together contributions from a distinguished group of language researchers, Annette de Groot and Peter Hagoort collected in one volume the methods and technologies that are used by today’s researchers in the language domain - all the way from genetics and neurobiology to a variety of behavioral methods used to study human language in all its aspects. more >
European Research Council Grant for Judith Holler
Nov 29, 2017
Judith Holler from the Radboud University’s Donders Institute and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics received the prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The grant provides her with up to 2 million euro to investigate how bodily signals are used in conversation and influence how we understand language. more >
We seem less susceptible to emotions in a foreign language, and our eyes reveal it
Oct 09, 2017
Does it matter in which language we receive emotional information? A new study by an international team of scientists, including the MPI’s Sara Iacozza, shows that it does, and the eyes reveal so. Automatic emotional reactions, as measured by the size of the pupil, are weaker when we read in a foreign language, compared to our native language. more >
The 'myth' of language history
Oct 02, 2017
Languages do not share a single history but different components evolve along different trajectories and at different rates. A large-scale study of Pacific languages reveals that forces driving grammatical change are different to those driving lexical change. Grammar changes more rapidly and is especially influenced by contact with unrelated languages, while words are more resistant to change. more >
IMPRS trio wins first prize for best article in yearly writing course
Sep 29, 2017
For the yearly writing course “Current Issues in the Language Sciences”, graduate students of the IMPRS for Languages Sciences are judged on an article written for the general audience. Last Tuesday, MPI Managing Director Prof. Peter Hagoort announced the author team of Francie Manhardt, Theresa Redl, and Mónica Wagner to have written the best article for Cohort 2016. more >
Kletskoppen: het eerste kindertaalfestival van Nederland
Sep 22, 2017
Hoe werkt dat eigenlijk, leren praten? Tijdens het Kletskoppen kindertaalfestival op zaterdag 28 oktober in Nijmegen leren kinderen het spelenderwijs. Een wetenschapsdag voor het hele gezin, vol leuke experimentjes, demonstraties en interactieve lezingen over kindertaal. Laat je verrassen door het veelzijdige taalonderzoek van de Radboud Universiteit en het Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. more >

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About MPI

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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