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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 >
New websites for our research group
Jul 19, 2013
The Neurobiology of Language department will frequently update you about our research, new publications, PhD defenses, new lab members, and ongoing discussions. more >
PhD project: Franziska Hartung
Jul 01, 2013
I am interested in simulation and language processing. During the last decade, research on semantic representation and language comprehension has shown that people simulate the semantic content of words they hear, for example parts of the sensory motor system can become active when people are presented with action words. more >
Top scientists sound the alarm for Max Planck Institute
Jun 27, 2013
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is internationally considered as the leading institute for research into the foundations of human language. Yet, the Dutch government intends to cut their regular financial support by 10 percent. Robbert Dijkgraaf, director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Peter Hagoort, Willem Levelt (Emer.), directors of the MPI for Psycholinguistics and Gerard Meijer, President of the Executive Board of Radboud University Nijmegen, sound the alarm. Their letter (see below) was published in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad on June 25, 2013. more >
Thinking for speaking in early and late bilinguals
Jun 15, 2013
Do bilingual speakers of typologically different languages have multiple, perhaps conflicting, modes of thought, each corresponding to a particular language? more >
Study reveals how we understand what speakers mean
May 24, 2013
How do listeners understand someone's message, even if it is indirect and goes beyond the combined meaning of individual words? How do we work out what speakers really mean, a skill that is central for communication? Researchers of the MPI for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour discovered that listeners take the speaker's perspective, both on cognitive and affective levels. Their paper was recently published online in the Oxford journal Cerebral Cortex. more >
Spatio-temporal metaphors and mental representations of time
May 01, 2013
Many cultures talk about time in terms of space. However, the particular ways that time is spatialized differ acoss languages. more >
PhD project: Flora Vanlangendonck
Apr 15, 2013
Speaking is something you typically do with other people. Yet, you don’t talk to everyone in the same way all the time. more >
PhD-project: David Peeters
Apr 01, 2013
One of the most important functions of language is that it allows us to refer to the things in the world around us. We continuously do so, for instance by using spatial demonstratives in combination with a perfectly timed manual pointing gesture (“look at that guy!”). more >
New post-doc: Diana Dimitrova
Mar 15, 2013
I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Neurobiology of Language Department (Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging) and in the Multilingualism Group (Centre for Language Studies). more >
Rapid interactions between lexical semantic and word form analysis during word recognition in context
Mar 01, 2013
During reading, people often actively predict what the next word is prior to seeing the word. How fast and at which level can the contextually driven anticipation influence the processing of the upcoming word? 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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