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David Norris appointed as External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society
Nov 25, 2014
Prof. Dr. David Norris, director of research at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and Professor for MR Physics in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour at Radboud University Nijmegen has been appointed as External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. more >
Saskia van Putten defends PhD on November 17
Nov 13, 2014
People can present the information in their sentences in different ways, depending on what they assume the listener already knows. The languages of the world use different strategies for this structuring of information. Saskia van Putten investigated how information is structured in Avatime, a language spoken in Ghana. more >
Wolfgang Klein has been elected as Vice President of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung.
Oct 30, 2014
The Academy, founded in 1949 and seated in Darmstadt, is an association of about 180 writers and scholars. It is dedicated to maintain the culture of German language and literature in the broadest sense. more >
Social eye gaze modulates processing of speech and gesture
Oct 10, 2014
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Radboud University and Colgate University (USA) have started to unravel the interplay of gesture, gaze and speech during language comprehension when multiple people are communicating together. more >
Piece about speech errors wins IMPRS writing contest
Oct 08, 2014
Last week, the IMPRS for Language Sciences announced the winning essay in their writing contest for PhD students. Polina Drozdova (CLS), Elliot Sollis (MPI) and Lisa Morano (CLS) of the IMPRS for Language Sciences received a prize for their winning article “Speech and What Rose Gong With it”. more >
A new piece in the autism puzzle
Sep 18, 2014
Research from the MPI’s Language and Genetics Department reveals how mutations in a key brain gene disrupt protein function in children with severe autism. more >
Antje Meyer appointed to the Academia Europaea
Sep 02, 2014
Antje Meyer, director of the MPI for Psycholinguistics, has been appointed as a member of the Academy of Europe. more >
International left-handers day 2014
Aug 13, 2014
August 13 is international left-handers day. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute have taken to the radio, TV, newspapers and social media to raise awareness of their research on this fascinating trait. 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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