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A new piece in the autism puzzle
Sep 18, 2014
Research from the MPI’s Language and Genetics Department reveals how mutations in a key brain gene disrupt protein function in children with severe autism. more >
Antje Meyer appointed to the Academia Europaea
Sep 02, 2014
Antje Meyer, director of the MPI for Psycholinguistics, has been appointed as a member of the Academy of Europe. more >
International left-handers day 2014
Aug 13, 2014
August 13 is international left-handers day. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute have taken to the radio, TV, newspapers and social media to raise awareness of their research on this fascinating trait. more >
The Society for the Neurobiology of Language is coming to Amsterdam
Aug 08, 2014
The annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language is the largest and most important meeting for researchers with an interest in the neural underpinnings of human language. This year's meeting features a number of important contributions from members of the MPI. more >
MPI Researchers awarded Veni grants
Jul 29, 2014
Three MPI researchers obtained a prestigious Veni grant from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO): Lila San Roque, Gerardo Ortega, and Mark Dingemanse. Veni grants are competitive grants that allow early career researchers to conduct independent research for a period of three years. more >
Sho Tsuji defends PhD on July 9
Jul 08, 2014
The road to native listening leads an infant from being a universal listener to a language-specific listener. How do language-general perceptual abilities interact with language input over the course of early development? more >
Award and honours for MPI at international conference
Jul 07, 2014
The MPI for Psycholinguistics had a strong presence at the 4th International Conference on Conversation Analysis in Los Angeles, as Steve Levinson gave a plenary address, MPI alumnus Federico Rossano received the Dissertation Award, and IMPRS PhD students Elliott Hoey and Julija Baranova received honourable mentions for the Best Student Paper Award. more >
Cultural transmission of arbitrary behavior in chimpanzees
Jul 03, 2014
Researchers in the Comparative Cognitive Anthropology Group of the Max Planck Institute have discovered that chimpanzees copy behaviors of group members that appear to be completely nonfunctional, like arbitrary fads in human cultures. Edwin van Leeuwen and colleagues waded through over 700 hours of video to understand how the unique trend to stick a piece of grass in one’s ear spread through a group of chimpanzees. The findings are published in the journal Animal Cognition. 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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