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New intellectual disability syndrome caused by genetic damage to single gene
Jul 22, 2016
Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics have found a gene responsible for an intellectual disability disorder including developmental speech and language problems. The research, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, details the role of a gene called BCL11A in a new intellectual disability syndrome. more >
Two Veni grants for MPI researchers
Jul 15, 2016
Marisa Casillas and Tessa Verhoef have been awarded prestigious Veni grants from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). Veni grants enable promising young scientists to further develop their own research for a period of three years. more >
Understanding foreign accents as an indicator of language proficiency
Jul 13, 2016
Second language learners have more trouble understanding foreign accents as they become more proficient. A new study by Shiri Lev-Ari and colleagues suggests that difficulty with accents reflects success at acquiring skills in a new language. more >
Our brain benefits from an overlap in grammar when learning a foreign language
Jun 29, 2016
Researchers from Nijmegen have for the first time captured images of the brain during the initial hours and days of learning a new language. They use an artificial language with real structures to show how new linguistic information is integrated into the same brain areas used for your native language. more >
Julia Uddén awarded with 5-year grant to study how the teenage brain supports development of communication skills
Jun 15, 2016
The language learning process does not end when the child masters vocabulary and grammar. Adolescents continue to learn how to use language effectively in different contexts. This learning process must be supported by development of the adolescent brain, but there is yet no research done on this topic. Julia Uddén aims to fill this gap, and was just awarded 5 years of funding from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences to pursue this research. more >
Jerome Bruner dies at 100
Jun 09, 2016
On June 5, 2016, renowned psychologist Jerome Bruner died at his home in New York City. Bruner played a key role in the cognitive revolution, made significant contributions to research in perception, became a leader in the theory of education, and shaped the study of cognitive and language development. He also played a crucial role in the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. more >
Putting things in new places: your native language influences what you expect to hear in your second language
Jun 06, 2016
Languages differ in how they describe simple acts of placement, e.g., putting a cup of coffee on the table. The Dutch placement verb 'zetten' for example, characterizes objects as ‘standing’ (vertical orientation). Other languages leave this position feature unspecified. Van Bergen and Flecken, Neurobiology of Language department, show that when you are listening to descriptions of placement events in your second language, you make predictions about what you will hear based on your native language. more >
Selective “mourning” behaviour in chimpanzees
May 20, 2016
Researchers have shown that chimpanzees ‘mourn’ the death of a chimpanzee in their social group, and the way they express their mourning depends on how ‘close’ the chimpanzee was to the deceased. A collaboration between the Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington, USA) and the Max Planck Institute (Nijmegen, Leipzig) shows that chimpanzees react very differently to the death of a socially integrated individual than to the death of an infant, and that they mourn in relative silence, which is unusual for chimpanzees. 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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