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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 >
Annemarie Verkerk defends PhD on June 13
Jun 05, 2014
Speakers of different languages talk about day-to-day events in different ways, but from where do these differences emerge? Annemarie Verkerk will answer some of these questions as she defends her thesis entitled: "The evolutionary dynamics of motion event encoding" more >
Hans Rutger Bosker successfully defended PhD on May 23
Jun 02, 2014
Disfluency is very common in spoken language: roughly 6 in every 100 words is affected by disfluency. So if there really are that many hesitations and disruptions in speech, how does someone listening to a disfluent speaker manage to understand his/her message? more >
Irina Simanova defends PhD on May 12
May 09, 2014
Throughout human history, people have always been intrigued by the idea of understanding the thoughts of others without using speech or signs. In the 19th and 20th century mind reading was even studied by empirical psychologists. While this early work remained in the realm of pseudoscience, the idea has not become less attractive. Can humans acquire the ability to read minds? more >
Decoding the genetics of synaesthesia - Join the study!
May 06, 2014
Do you associate letters, numbers, days of the week, or months of the year with colours? If so, we would like to invite you to participate in our study. more >
Alma Veenstra defends PhD on May 2
Apr 28, 2014
Most speakers of English and Dutch know the rule for subject-verb agreement. A singular subject requires a singular verb and a plural subject requires a plural verb: the dog barks and the dogs bark. 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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