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Broca’s Area processes both language and music at the same time
Nov 09, 2015
When you read a book and listen to music, the brain doesn’t keep these two tasks nicely separated. A new study shows there is an area in the brain which is busy with both at the same time: Broca’s area. This area has been long associated with language. That it is also involved in music processing may tell us more about what music and language share. more >
Having a larger social network makes us better at understanding others
Oct 30, 2015
A new study shows that having a larger social network makes us better at understanding what different people mean when they use words like 'good' or 'great' to describe something, indicating that aspects of our life-style can influence our linguistic skills. more >
Conversation electrified: Rósa S. Gísladóttir defends her thesis on the electrophysiology of speech act recognition
Oct 29, 2015
Our everyday conversations contain many types of speech acts: verbal actions such as requests, teases and compliments. How do we understand the speech acts behind the words we hear? Rósa S. Gísladóttir defends her thesis addressing this question on Monday November 2nd at 12:30 in the Radboud Aula. more >
Levelt appointed Sarton Chair of History of Science and honoured with Sarton Medal at Ghent University
Oct 22, 2015
Pim Levelt, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, has been selected as the 2015-2016 Sarton Chair of History of Science at Ghent University, an honour that marks his achievements in uncovering the rich and little known history of psycholinguistics. Levelt delivered his inaugural lecture on Thursday October 22nd, 2015 in a ceremony attended by the full senate, where he was also awarded the Sarton Medal. more >
Terugblik op de Nijmeegse Taalmiddag: "Het was mieters!"
Oct 21, 2015
De eerste editie van de Nijmeegse Taalmiddag was een groot succes! De Valkhofzaal van de Lindenberg, met een capaciteit van 120 mensen, was tijdens alle lezingen goed gevuld. In de pauzes struinden de bezoekers over de Taalmarkt. Daar boden promovendi en taalgerelateerde organisaties de mogelijkheid om onder andere mee te doen aan experimenten, Arabisch te leren en te praten met mensen uit het tweetalig onderwijs. more >
New Max Planck Research Group awarded to Sonja Vernes to study genetics of vocal communication
Oct 15, 2015
Dr Sonja Vernes has been awarded an independent Max Planck Research Group by the Max Planck Society. The new group, which will be hosted by the MPI for Psycholinguistics, will study the genetic foundations of vocal communication in mammals, providing a novel gateway into understanding the biological underpinnings of human language. more >
UNESCO Memory of the World Register adds collections from The Language Archive
Oct 12, 2015
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added to its Memory of the World register 64 collections from The Language Archive at the MPI. These materials contain documentation from 102 different languages spoken around the world. more >
Languages less arbitrary than long assumed
Oct 02, 2015
It is a cornerstone of theoretical linguistics: the principle of arbitrariness, according to which the form of a word doesn’t tell you anything about its meaning. Yet evidence is accumulating that natural languages do in fact feature several non-arbitrary ways to link form and meaning, and these are more prevalent than assumed. A new review in Trends in Cognitive Sciences presents a comprehensive case for supplementing the cherished principle of arbitrariness with other types of associations between form and meaning. 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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