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Prof. dr. Antje Meyer inaugurated into the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW)
Sep 18, 2018
Prof. dr. Antje Meyer, director at the MPI for Psycholinguistics and professor of individual differences in language processing at Radboud University, has been inaugurated into the Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW). The inauguration took place at the Trippenhuis in Amsterdam on 17 September 2018. more >
SFARI Pilot Award
Sep 13, 2018
Dr. Beate St Pourcain, group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, has been granted a SFARI Pilot Award for her project ‘Disentangling autism heterogeneity through multivariate genetic analyses’. SFARI has announced that it intends to fund 36 grants (15 Pilot Awards and 21 Research Awards) in response to the 2018 Pilot and Research Awards request for applications. These grants will support investigator-driven research projects that aim to improve our understanding of autism spectrum disorders and to gain insight that will ultimately lead to novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. more >
What’s the use of “actually”, actually?
Sep 07, 2018
Everyday language use is packed with so-called discourse markers (of course, you know, well, I mean, actually, indeed), expressions that we use to comment on what we are saying. Geertje van Bergen and Hans Rutger Bosker investigated the use of two Dutch discourse markers, eigenlijk “actually” and inderdaad “indeed”, for listeners in conversation. They explain the markers as linguistic expectation managers: inderdaad confirms our expectations about what a conversation is about, whereas eigenlijk warns us for unexpectedness. Such expectation-managing cues are beneficial for real-time language understanding: listeners use them to quickly update their predictions about how a conversation will unfold. Read more (in Dutch) > more >
Brainwaves synchronize to the speed of talking, influencing the way we hear words
Sep 07, 2018
Have you ever found yourself finishing someone else's sentences, even though you don't really know them that well? Fortunately, the ability to predict what someone is going to say next isn't the preserve of turtle doves or those in long-term relationships. Our brain processes all kinds of information to estimate what's going to come next, and the speed at which the speaker is talking, or speech rate, plays an important role. more >
Nijmegen Lectures with Daniel Dennett: Registration is open!
Sep 04, 2018
Registration for the Nijmegen Lectures with Professor Daniel C. Dennett on Autonomy, Language, and Consciousness has opened today. more >
Minister ECS opens InScience
Sep 03, 2018
Minister of Education, Culture, and Science (ECS), Van Engelshoven, opens the fourth edition of InScience, International Science Film Festival Nijmegen. The five-day science film festival is the largest science festival in the Netherlands and its objective is in line with the government’s science policy of strengthening the connection between science and society. InScience (7 to 11 November) shows the best scientific films that have been released worldwide this year. The theme of InScience 2018 is Artificial Intelligence. more >
Daniel Dennett will deliver Nijmegen Lectures on October 15 and 16, 2018
Jul 19, 2018
We are happy to announce that world-renowned philosopher Professor Daniel C. Dennett has accepted to deliver the Nijmegen Lectures about Autonomy, Language, and Consciousness on October 15 and 16, 2018. The Nijmegen Lectures is an annual event organised by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University. more >
Language in Paradise
Jul 04, 2018
On the 17th December 2017, Peter Hagoort - managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics - held a public lecture on humans' unique ability for the use of language in Paradiso, Amsterdam. This lecture can now be viewed online. 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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