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Rhythmic firing of brain cells supports communication in brain network for language
Jul 11, 2017
The communication between brain regions specialised in language is supported by rhythmic synchronisation of brain cells. Moreover, different rhythms reflect different directions of information flow - a breakthrough in the research on communication between functionally specialised brain regions. Neuroscientists from the Nijmegen Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) and Radboud University publish their findings in PNAS on July 11. more >
Opening of the Institute’s new central area: the ‘Common Ground’
Jul 06, 2017
On June 29th, the new central area ‘the Common Ground’ was opened during the annual internal event ‘MPI Proudly Presents’. To stimulate the interdisciplinary character within the Institute, the space has been created for scientific exchange: to interact, work, or enjoy lunch indoors or outside on a new terrace. Also during the event the First Levelt Innovation grant was awarded to PhD students Dick van den Broek, Marvin Uhlmann and Midas Anijs. more >
Influences on the magnitude of syntactic priming
May 29, 2017
We adapt our language to better match that of our conversation partner in many different settings. This thesis investigates certain conditions in which this adaptation effect is stronger (or weaker) and why. Evelien Heyselaar will defend her thesis on June 2nd, at 10:30am, at the Aula of the Radboud University, Nijmegen. more >
Even learning to read in your thirties profoundly transforms brain networks
May 24, 2017
Learning to read as an adult reconfigures brain areas hitherto assigned to different skills. Most strikingly, scientists also found fundamental changes in evolutionary old areas - deep in the brain. This was observed in illiterate Indian women who learned how to read and write for six months. An international research team led by the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics and the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences publishes the results in Science Advances. more >
Explorations of Beta-band Neural Oscillations During Language Comprehension: Sentence Processing and Beyond
May 02, 2017
How does the human brain coordinate different sources of information during reading comprehension, and what is the precise role of beta-band neural oscillations in this process? Ashley Lewis will defend his PhD thesis on this topic, May 8th, at 14:30 at the Aula of the Radboud University, Nijmegen. more >
Science not Silence
Apr 25, 2017
The March for Science, held last Saturday in over 600 cities around the globe, was a huge success. Hundreds of thousands of science supporters gathered to celebrate its crucial role in the modern world. At the event in Amsterdam, the MPI community made a significant impact. more >
March for Science
Apr 19, 2017
On Earth Day, April 22nd 2017, Marches for Science will take place in more than 500 cities around the globe. The directors of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen strongly endorse this major event, which will celebrate the crucial role of science in the modern world. more >
Language research at Radboud University number one
Apr 14, 2017
Radboud University’s language research is ranked number one in the global university ranking for 2017 by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). The university's collaboration with the MPI contributes greatly to this success. 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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