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Antje Meyer elected to the Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW)
Apr 19, 2018
Antje Meyer, director at the MPI for Psycholinguistics and professor of individual differences in language processing at Radboud University, was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW). KNAW members are prominent researchers in their field, nominated by peers from within and outside the Academy. more >
13.8 million for innovative user-friendly tools to search digital sources
Apr 13, 2018
On behalf of NWO, the Dutch Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven has awarded 13.8 million euro to a humanities consortium including the MPI - for the development of CLARIAH PLUS, a national digital infrastructure for the Humanities. It enables the MPI to enrich the tools and collections of The Language Archive. more >
Large-scale replication study challenges key evidence for the pro-active reading brain
Apr 10, 2018
When people read or listen to a conversation, their pro-active brains sometimes predict which word comes next. But a scientific team led by the MPI for Psycholinguistics now demonstrates that the predictive function of the human language system may operate differently than the field has come to believe in the last decade. Their study is the first large-scale, multi-laboratory replication effort for the field of cognitive neuroscience. more >
An all-encompassing view on Language Development
Mar 12, 2018
Elena Lieven of Manchester University gave an unprecedentedly comprehensive view on research on child language development, which triggered stimulating expert discussions during the 37th edition of the Nijmegen Lectures – a three day event showcasing the best research in child language acquisition from around the world. The annual public event hosted by Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) and Radboud University was held February 26-28, 2018 on the Nijmegen campus, the Netherlands. more >
Seeing sounds: researchers uncover molecular clues for synaesthesia
Mar 05, 2018
1 in 25 people have synaesthesia, perceiving the world in unusual ways. An experience with one sense automatically leads to perception in another sense: for example, seeing colours when listening to music. Now researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the University of Cambridge report clues into biological origins of such variations in human perception. They studied families with synaesthesia, and describe genetic changes that might contribute to their differences in sensory experience. more >
Study proposes practical solution to challenges faced by bilingual children
Feb 22, 2018
Researchers have made a major breakthrough in the assessment of language development among bilingual families and in the identification of those children who require extra support to improve their language skills. During a three-year study involving nine UK universities, academics interviewed almost 400 families with two-year-old children learning English and another of 13 common additional languages. more >
Nijmegen Lectures 2018
Feb 12, 2018
How do children learn to use, produce and understand language during their first few years of life? This is the key question tackled by the Nijmegen Lectures 2018 this year; a three day event organized by the MPI and Radboud University. On 26, 27 and 28 February 2018, Elena Lieven of the University of Manchester will address this question in three public lectures. She will lead additional discussions with experts from inside and outside the field. more >
Hunter-gatherers have a special way with smells
Jan 18, 2018
When it comes to naming colors, most people do so with ease. But, for odors, it’s much harder to find the words. One notable exception to this rule is found among the Jahai people, a group of hunter-gatherers living in the Malay Peninsula who can name odors just as easily as colors. A new study by Asifa Majid (Radboud University and MPI for Psycholinguistics) and Nicole Kruspe (Lund University) suggests that the Jahai’s special way with smell is related to their hunting and gathering lifestyle. more >

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About MPI

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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