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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 >
Giovanni Rossi defends PhD on June 22
Jun 14, 2015
To get by in the small and big practicalities of everyday life, we often ask others for help (e.g. ‘Can you pass me the salt?’). We do this using a wide range of linguistic forms and bodily behaviours. Why should this be so? Giovanni Rossi offers some answers to these questions in his thesis entitled “The request system in Italian interaction”. more >
Chimpanzee culture: Edwin van Leeuwen defends PhD on June 16
Jun 11, 2015
Psychologist Edwin van Leeuwen studies the interaction between culture and nature in behaviour of chimpanzees. How much of this behaviour is genetic and how much is learned? And what does this teach us about human nature and culture? On June 16, Van Leeuwen will defend his PhD, for which he carried out research in the Comparative Cognitive Anthropology group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. more >
Princess Laurentien to open new wing of Max Planck Institute
May 27, 2015
The new wing of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, due to be opened by Princess Laurentien on 10 June, enables the Institute to house all the main disciplines of the language sciences under the same roof. The wing endorses the unique multidisciplinary position held by this institute in the area of language research. more >
New app and website to support research into synaesthesia and perception
May 21, 2015
Four out of every hundred people have synaesthesia, which means that for them, sensory input can evoke unusual sensory responses — for example, a person may smell words, see sounds, or associate letters with colours. MPI researchers have participated in the creation of an app to test for synaesthesia and a website for testing cross-sensory associations in the general population. more >
Vidi grants for MPI researchers
May 21, 2015
Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen and Roel Willems, members of MPI’s Neurobiology of Language Department, have each been awarded a prestigious Vidi grant. This highly competitive grant, worth about EUR 800,000 over a period of 5 years, will enable them to build and lead their own research team to pursue innovative research. 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.


Open Dag

Op zaterdag 27 juni opent het Max Planck Instituut zijn deuren. Iedereen met interesse in taal of taalonderzoek is welkom, net als mensen die gewoon willen weten wat er allemaal gebeurt in dat gebouw aan de rand van de campus.



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