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Tales from the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea
Aug 18, 2015
How do people structure their stories? How do children learn to tell them? And what can stories tell us about language and culture? These and other questions are addressed in a new book by Gunter Senft, senior investigator in the MPI’s Language & Cognition Department. The book presents a unique collection of tales along with novel anthropological linguistic analyses. more >
Left Handers Day
Aug 13, 2015
What is your dominant hand? The answer can turn out to be more interesting than you might think. Your handedness can say something about genetic variation, or about how you understand and process language. About 10% of the world’s population is left-handed, and on the 13th of August every year we celebrate Left Handers Day. more >
Wencui Zhou defends PhD on July 14
Jul 11, 2015
‘Use it or lose it,’ so the saying goes. Is a language that is no longer used completely lost? Wencui Zhou addresses this question in her thesis entitled “Assessing birth language memory in young adoptees”. more >
Over 600 visitors at MPI's Open Day
Jul 10, 2015
With over 600 visitors of all ages and backgrounds, the Open Day of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics was a resounding success. In case you missed it, there will be a reprise: the Nijmeegse Taalmiddag, October 3rd. more >
Lilla Magyari defends PhD thesis on July 9
Jul 03, 2015
Timing is a fundamental human skill crucial for human social interactions. Everyday conversations exhibit a tight timing in the course of exchanging turns between one speaker and the next. On Thursday July 9, Lilla Magyari will defend her PhD thesis on the timing of turns in conversation at the Radboud University, Nijmegen. more >
Fifty years' anniversary of Willem Levelt's 'On Binocular Rivalry'
Jun 29, 2015
Fifty years ago Willem Levelt, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, defended his PhD thesis on binocular rivalry at Leiden University. A recent issue of Vision Research reviews the developments in the intervening decades and concludes that the original observations "remain a benchmark for theorists and experimentalists even today". more >
Everything you always wanted to know about our research
Jun 24, 2015
We will open our doors to everyone interested during the Open Day on Saturday June 27. We have also prepared a short film about the basic questions motivating our work: A Celebration of Language. On top of that, we have just published our Research Report, in which we detail our research highlights over the past two years. more >
Princess Laurentien opens new wing of the Max Planck Institute
Jun 15, 2015
Princess Laurentien joined Max Planck Institute staff and special guests on 10 June 2015 to celebrate the official opening of the new wing of the institute. 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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