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The Origin of Abstract Thought: Spelke and Carey to deliver Nijmegen Lectures 2015, Feb 25-27
Feb 20, 2015
This year's Nijmegen Lectures will be given by Elizabeth Spelke and Susan Carey (Harvard University). The pair will lead three days of lectures and discussion on the origin and development of abstract concepts. more >
Asli Özyürek awarded VICI grant of 1,5 million Euro to research spatial cognition
Feb 16, 2015
Asli Özyürek, Professor in Gesture, Language and Cognition at Radboud University and a research associate of MPI Nijmegen, has been awarded a prestigious VICI grant by NWO for the project “Giving cognition a hand: Linking spatial cognition to linguistic expression in native and late signers and bimodal bilinguals”. This grant will enable the expansion of her research group, which will examine the relationship between spatial cognition and linguistic expression in the visual channel and its development. more >
How our hands contribute to language structure in spoken and signed languages
Feb 12, 2015
MPI researchers Asli Özyürek (editor) and Connie de Vos (author) contribute to an interdisciplinary special issue of the journal Topics in Cognitive Science. The issue brings together articles on the visual aspects of communication in spoken and signed languages, from co-speech gestures to complex signs. more >
Two dissertation prizes for Hans Rutger Bosker
Feb 09, 2015
Hans Rutger Bosker, post-doctoral researcher within the Psychology of Language department, has been awarded two prizes for his doctoral dissertation, entitled “The processing and evaluation of fluency in native and non-native speech” (Utrecht University). more >
Binyam Gebrekidan Gebre defends PhD on February 9, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
When you're typing a message, computers can identify the language you use instantly. Binyam Gebrekidan Gebre trained a computer program to perform the same trick on videos of sign languages. Language identification is a crucial first step for research, information retrieval and translation. more >
Neural evidence for the role of shared space in online comprehension of spatial demonstratives
Jan 26, 2015
A fundamental property of language is that it allows us to refer to the things around us, for instance by using spatial demonstratives like "this" and "that" in English. In a recent paper published in Cognition, David Peeters and colleagues present two ERP experiments on the neural mechanisms involved in the comprehension of such demonstratives in a visual everyday context. more >
Genetic variants that shape the brain
Jan 22, 2015
A major new study published in Nature this week describes the discovery of several genetic variants that influence brain anatomy. Researchers from the MPI Language and Genetics Department were part of the global team of authors. more >
Gender and classifiers: areal and genealogical perspectives
Jan 20, 2015
Workshop on Gender and classifiers: areal and genealogical perspectives, organized by Greville Corbett , Sebastian Fedden (Surrey Morphology Group), Edith Sjoerdsma and Gunter Senft (MPI for Psycholinguistics) 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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