Unique in the world
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is one of more than 80 research institutes of the German Max Planck Society. The MPI in Nijmegen is one of the few outside Germany and it is the only institution in the world entirely devoted to psycholinguistics: the study of how we produce and understand language, and how we acquire these skills as first or second language learners. The institute has close connections with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen.
The study of language is thoroughly multidisciplinary. Researchers come from various disciplines, ranging from anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, genetics, computer science, and archiving technology.
The atmosphere of the institute is very international. Researchers come from all over the world - there are about 20 nationalities - and there are many active international collaborations with colleagues in the US, Europe, Australia, Korea, China, and Japan. Of course, we also collaborate with other Max Planck Institutes (e.g., Evolutionary Anthropology, Human Cognitive & Brain Science, Biological Cybernetics, Social Anthropology, and History of Science).