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The Imdeduya myth of Trobriand Islanders in Papua New Guinea
Aug 14, 2017
Trobriand Islanders in Papua New Guinea tell several versions of the tragic love story of Imdeduya and Yolina. Gunter Senft, Professor at the MPI for Psycholinguistics and the University of Cologne, has recently published a book on this important Imdeduya myth and studied its meaning in the Trobriands’ oral tradition. more >
Remembering our dear colleague Nick Wood
Aug 10, 2017
Researchers and staff at MPI were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our dear colleague Nick Wood. He unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, August 5th, at the age of 50. more >
Veni grant for David Peeters
Jul 28, 2017
David Peeters, Research Staff member of the Neurobiology of Language Department at the MPI, has been awarded a prestigious Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In his research, Peeters uses virtual reality to get a better understanding of the neurobiological basis of human language and communication. more >
Humans identify emotions in the voices of all air-breathing vertebrates
Jul 26, 2017
Amphibians, reptiles, mammals – all of them communicate via acoustic signals. And humans are able to assess the emotional value of these signals. This has been shown in a new study led by researchers Piera Filippi of the MPI and colleagues at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. more >
Research Report 2015-2016 now available
Jul 24, 2017
The Research Report 2015-2016 is now available, covering highlights of research at the MPI for Psycholinguistics in 2015 and 2016. Read all about these eventful years, the Institute’s developments and publications. more >
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 >

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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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