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We seem less susceptible to emotions in a foreign language, and our eyes reveal it
Oct 09, 2017
Does it matter in which language we receive emotional information? A new study by an international team of scientists, including the MPI’s Sara Iacozza, shows that it does, and the eyes reveal so. Automatic emotional reactions, as measured by the size of the pupil, are weaker when we read in a foreign language, compared to our native language. more >
The 'myth' of language history
Oct 02, 2017
Languages do not share a single history but different components evolve along different trajectories and at different rates. A large-scale study of Pacific languages reveals that forces driving grammatical change are different to those driving lexical change. Grammar changes more rapidly and is especially influenced by contact with unrelated languages, while words are more resistant to change. more >
IMPRS trio wins first prize for best article in yearly writing course
Sep 29, 2017
For the yearly writing course “Current Issues in the Language Sciences”, graduate students of the IMPRS for Languages Sciences are judged on an article written for the general audience. Last Tuesday, MPI Managing Director Prof. Peter Hagoort announced the author team of Francie Manhardt, Theresa Redl, and Mónica Wagner to have written the best article for Cohort 2016. more >
Kletskoppen: het eerste kindertaalfestival van Nederland
Sep 22, 2017
Hoe werkt dat eigenlijk, leren praten? Tijdens het Kletskoppen kindertaalfestival op zaterdag 28 oktober in Nijmegen leren kinderen het spelenderwijs. Een wetenschapsdag voor het hele gezin, vol leuke experimentjes, demonstraties en interactieve lezingen over kindertaal. Laat je verrassen door het veelzijdige taalonderzoek van de Radboud Universiteit en het Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. more >
What people do when conversation lapses into silence
Sep 19, 2017
It’s common in conversation for some topic to come to an end, and then for silence to emerge in the place where someone could have said something more. These silences are lapses, and they come about when all interactants pass up the chance to speak. Elliott Hoey will defend his thesis on this topic, 25 September 2017 at 10:30am in the Aula of Radboud University. more >
Gestures provide instant answers
Sep 15, 2017
Want your question answered quickly? A study by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen showed that conversation is faster when words are accompanied by gestures. more >
Concentrated excellence – first Max Planck Schools selected
Sep 08, 2017
Germany has gained a new graduate education brand with international appeal: in 2018, three selected Max Planck Schools will open for an initial five-year pilot phase. The MPI for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University in Nijmegen are part of the selected Max Planck School of Cognition. more >
Writer-in-Residence: Michael Erard
Sep 04, 2017
As of September, the MPI will - for the first time – host a writer-in-residence: American writer, journalist, and linguist Michael Erard. A mutual fascination with language and research in the language sciences predicts a promising exchange between the writer and the Institute for the coming year. 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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