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What people do when conversation lapses into silence
Sep 19, 2017
It’s common in conversation for some topic to come to an end, and then for silence to emerge in the place where someone could have said something more. These silences are lapses, and they come about when all interactants pass up the chance to speak. Elliott Hoey will defend his thesis on this topic, 25 September 2017 at 10:30am in the Aula of Radboud University. more >
Concentrated excellence – first Max Planck Schools selected
Sep 08, 2017
Germany has gained a new graduate education brand with international appeal: in 2018, three selected Max Planck Schools will open for an initial five-year pilot phase. The MPI for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University in Nijmegen are part of the selected Max Planck School of Cognition. more >
Writer-in-Residence: Michael Erard
Sep 04, 2017
As of September, the MPI will - for the first time – host a writer-in-residence: American writer, journalist, and linguist Michael Erard. A mutual fascination with language and research in the language sciences predicts a promising exchange between the writer and the Institute for the coming year. more >
The Imdeduya myth of Trobriand Islanders in Papua New Guinea
Aug 14, 2017
Trobriand Islanders in Papua New Guinea tell several versions of the tragic love story of Imdeduya and Yolina. Gunter Senft, Professor at the MPI for Psycholinguistics and the University of Cologne, has recently published a book on this important Imdeduya myth and studied its meaning in the Trobriands’ oral tradition. more >
Remembering our dear colleague Nick Wood
Aug 10, 2017
Researchers and staff at MPI were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our dear colleague Nick Wood. He unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, August 5th, at the age of 50. more >
Veni grant for David Peeters
Jul 28, 2017
David Peeters, Research Staff member of the Neurobiology of Language Department at the MPI, has been awarded a prestigious Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In his research, Peeters uses virtual reality to get a better understanding of the neurobiological basis of human language and communication. more >
Humans identify emotions in the voices of all air-breathing vertebrates
Jul 26, 2017
Amphibians, reptiles, mammals – all of them communicate via acoustic signals. And humans are able to assess the emotional value of these signals. This has been shown in a new study led by researchers Piera Filippi of the MPI and colleagues at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. more >
Research Report 2015-2016 now available
Jul 24, 2017
The Research Report 2015-2016 is now available, covering highlights of research at the MPI for Psycholinguistics in 2015 and 2016. Read all about these eventful years, the Institute’s developments and publications. more >

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This is the 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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