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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 >
Mirjam Ernestus elected to the KNAW Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences
May 21, 2015
Mirjam Ernestus, Professor of Psycholinguistics at Radboud University and long time research staff member of the MPI for Psycholinguistics, has been elected to the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. Academy members are prominent researchers in their field, nominated by peers from within and outside the Academy. more >
Grammar can influence the perception of motion events
May 13, 2015
Different languages can have subtly different effects on the way we think and perceive, a phenomenon known as linguistic relativity. In a new paper in the journal Cognition, MPI researcher Monique Flecken and colleagues show that even when we are not speaking, the grammar of our native language may influence the way we perceive motion events. more >
Prestigious Otto Hahn Medal for Annemarie Verkerk
May 11, 2015
Every year, the Max Planck Society awards a small selection of junior researchers the Otto Hahn Medal for their outstanding scientific achievements. This year, Annemarie Verkerk is among the winners for her 2014 dissertation on the diachrony of motion event encoding in Indo-European. On June 17, 2015, there will be an official ceremony in Berlin. more >
Anne Cutler elected Fellow of the Royal Society
May 06, 2015
Anne Cutler, emeritus director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. The Royal Society is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. more >
Maartje van de Velde defends PhD on April 30
Apr 24, 2015
When we speak, most of our utterances are sentences rather than single words. To generate a sentence, a thought needs to be translated to a linear sequence of words. Maartje van de Velde investigated one sub-part of this process: the way people structure their sentence when they prepare to speak. more >
An ear for pitch: Salomi Asaridou defends her thesis on April 28
Apr 24, 2015
People differ greatly in how they process linguistic or musical sounds. While some struggle to learn the sounds of other languages or fail to detect a "sour" note in a melody, others seem to master such tasks without much effort. What underlies these differences? 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.


A Celebration of Language

Wednesday June 10th, the MPI for Psycholinguistics celebrates the opening of its new wing with a symposium.




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