You are here: Home Institute What we do

Unraveling language

Our institute's 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. This involves work on a broad front, covering many disciplines and research methods.

 

How do we learn, produce and understand language?

Our research groups cover important subdomains within the study of language and communication, including: Connie-2

  • The neural and genetic basis of language
  • Language comprehension
  • Language production
  • Language acquisition
  • Language, culture and cognition

Our daily work is organised in multidisciplinary research projects that cross-cut the research groups and draw on the different expertise within the institute. We also contribute to the field by providing training opportunities for PhD students, and by participating in various educational programmes.

Wide range of research methods

No single approach provides all the answers to the questions we pursue, and we therefore conduct our research with a very wide range of methods. Some of our researchers run highly controlled experiments in a laboratory, whereas others go out into the world to collect data in more naturalistic settings, like a kindergarten, or a remote field site in the Pacific. Furthermore, we examine communicative behaviour (natural or task-induced), brain functions, as well as, increasingly, the underlying genetic factors.

 

EEG lab

Last checked 2015-10-14 by Myrna Tinbergen
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.

 

Street address
Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen
The Netherlands


Mailing address
P.O. Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Phone:   +31-24-3521911
Fax:        +31-24-3521213
E-mail:   


Public Outreach Officer
Charlotte Horn