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Peter Hagoort becomes member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen
Mar 10, 2014
Peter Hagoort has been elected a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities). more >
PhD project: Danchao Cai
Mar 07, 2014
Some people are born with perfect/absolute pitch. What’s the neurological and genetic basis behind this? more >
Call to scientists: stop excluding left-handed people from scientific studies!
Feb 14, 2014
Left-handed people really do have different brains and genes from right-handed people. Yet left-handed people are almost never included as study subjects in scientific research. Therefore in an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Roel Willems and his colleagues from the Donders Institute and Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen call for more research into left-handed people. The article was published online on 12 February 2014. more >
PhD project: Nietzsche Lam
Feb 12, 2014
When reading or listening to a sentence (in your native language), have you ever stopped to consider the complexity of this seemingly effortless task? more >
Nijmegen Lectures 2014 by Russell Gray: No Miracles!
Jan 22, 2014
Nijmegen Lectures 2014 by Russell Gray: No Miracles! A Darwinian view of the evolution of cognition, language and culture. This year's Nijmegen Lectures will be given by Russell Gray (University of Auckland, New Zealand). Professor Gray will lead three days of lectures and discussion on the theme of evolutionary approaches to cognition, language and culture. more >
PhD project: Jolien Francken
Jan 16, 2014
How do we perceive the world? I cannot look into your head, but in my experience I see and hear everything around me, and I perceive the things like they really are. But is this in fact true? more >
Frontiers in Neuroscience for Young Minds
Jan 02, 2014
At the SfN meeting 2013 a new scientific journal has been launched with an editorial board of kids. Currently, the current issue features articles about “The Brain and Friends” and “The Brain and Talking/Texting”. more >
Research staff position at the Department Neurobiology of Language
Dec 16, 2013
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is offering a research staff position in the field of Neurobiology of Language. more >
Everything you always wanted to know about language
Dec 04, 2013
Is there something you've always wanted to know about language? We might have an answer! The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics has launched an initiative that aims to provide answers to questions about various aspects of language asked by people outside of the language researcher community. Visit our Q&A page to view the latest questions and answers, learn more about the initiative, or submit your own question. more >
Recognizing the emotional valence of person names
Nov 25, 2013
When you see or hear the name 'van Gogh', how quickly can you judge whether you like him or not? In order to make your judgment, you first need to recognize this name, then identify the person who bears this name, and finally access the associated information of this person (e.g., van Gogh is a famous Dutch post-impressionist painter.). more >
PhD project: Lotte Schoot
Nov 11, 2013
In most of the studies within our department, we investigate the brain responses of speakers who are using language without actually talking to someone. Or, when we study language comprehension processes, we look at the brains of listeners who have no idea who is talking to them. more >
We're at the Society for Neurobiology of Language conference
Nov 08, 2013
From 6-8 November, the fifth annual meeting of the SNL takes place in San Diego, CA. Many NBL researchers present their work here. more >
PhD project: Gwilym Lockwood
Oct 28, 2013
In my research, I hope to bridge two fields - sound-symbolism and synaesthesia - which have been sadly neglected until relatively recently. more >
Miriam Kos defends PhD on October 23
Oct 21, 2013
Individuals vary in the way they process semantic and syntactic aspects of language, Miriam Kos (Neurobiology of Language Department) discovered in her dissertation "On the waves of language - Electrophysiological reflections on semantic and syntactic processing". She will defend her thesis on October 23rd at 12.30, in the Radboud University Aula. more >
Sarah Dolscheid defends PhD on October 22
Oct 16, 2013
Language can have an impact on how people think about musical pitch, Sarah Dolscheid (MPI's Neurobiology of Language Department) discovered in her dissertation 'High pitches and thick voices: The role of language in space-pitch associations'. She will defend her thesis on October 22 at 12:30, in the Radboud University Aula. more >
Lin Wang investigates how our brain processes person names
Oct 07, 2013
I'm interested in the processing differences between person names and common nouns in the brain. Person names differ from common nouns in many aspects. more >
PhD project: Matthias Franken
Oct 01, 2013
My research is concerned with how people acquire new speech articulations. I investigate the mechanisms people use when learning the pronunciation of a new language. more >
Team proud of winning IMPRS essay contest
Sep 28, 2013
Richard Kunert (MPI), Suzanne Jongman (MPI), and Tineke Prins (CLS) of the IMPRS for Language Sciences won the essay contest with their essay 'Language, Nature and Nurture – Can genes settle the debate?' IMPRS PhD students had to write an essay for the course 'Current issues in the language sciences'. The jury unanimously selected their contribution, praising it as original, engaging and suitable for a general audience. more >
PhD project: Evelien Heyselaar
Sep 27, 2013
During the course of a conversation, your brain does a lot of things simultaneously: it needs to keep track of what your partner is saying, why they are saying it, and also simultaneously prepare what you are going to say so that as soon as your partner stops speaking you are ready with a response. more >
Four new PhD students starting in our group
Sep 19, 2013
From September 2013 Evelien Heyselaar, Lotte Schoot, Matthias Franken and Gwilym Lockwood will be working on their PhD projects. more >
A non-judgemental attitude to language
Sep 17, 2013
Implicit knowledge - "knowing how" - underlies much of our behavioral repertoire, for instance how to speak our native language. This behavior is incredibly complex and almost everyone master it, without being able to explain exactly how they do it or how they learned to do it. more >
A rough guide to mind-reading
Sep 12, 2013
We transmit nonverbal messages and read minds all the time, but what exactly is going on in our heads as we do so? more >
Summer lab visit: Franklin Chang
Sep 09, 2013
Research in psycholinguistics is often focused on particular aspects of language processing in relative isolation, e.g., adult production, comprehension or language acquisition. In his research, Franklin Chang (University of Liverpool) is working towards a framework that links these facets of language behavior in a unified theory (P-chain; Dell & Chang, in press). more >
PhD project: Richard Kunert
Sep 06, 2013
My research is concerned with something so difficult that in millions of years of evolution only humans have ever achieved it, something which is so easy that even toddlers can do it without much effort, something so widespread that no culture is known to exist without it: using language as well as music. more >
Neural mechanisms of communicative innovation
Aug 29, 2013
Our everyday conversations appear to revolve around our linguistic abilities. But closer inspection reveals that an effective conversation involves more than formulating grammatically correct and semantically coherent sentences. more >
PhD project: Ashley Lewis
Aug 20, 2013
My research is concerned with the electrophysiology of language processing. I investigate neuronal oscillations using EEG and MEG while participants are reading. more >
The MOUS project
Aug 13, 2013
The Neurobiology of Language Department recently started an ambitious multidisciplinary project called 'The Mother Of all Unification Studies', or MOUS for short. more >
Speech and music shape the listening brain
Aug 06, 2013
Speech and music are domains with different representations. Nonetheless, they both use sounds as their building blocks. An interesting question is whether experience or training with sounds in one domain can influence sound processing outside that particular domain. more >
MSc project in NBL group on story reading
Aug 01, 2013
Emiel van den Hoven will be a MSc student in the NBL group during the coming year. more >
The role of cognitive abilities and empathy on speech-accompanying gestures
Jul 30, 2013
When speaking, why do some people produce hand gestures more frequently than others? In a recent study, Mingyuan Chu and colleagues found that individual differences in gesture production is related to cognitive abilities and the level of empathy. more >
Neurobiology of Language

What is the neurobiological infrastructure for the uniquely human capacity for language? The focus of the Neurobiology of Language Department is on the study of language production, language comprehension, and language acquisition from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. Read more...

Director: Peter Hagoort

Secretary: Carolin Lorenz


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