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Welcome to the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics! 

In 2020 our Institute is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Over the years, the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen has experienced a number of milestones. To find out more about our history and our path to success, read out timeline.

Our Institute, located in Nijmegen, is one of more than 80 research institutes that form part of the German Max Planck Society, and it is one of the few outside Germany. It is the only institute 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.

Thanks to the MPI's rich history and outward-looking, dynamic approach to science, it has been able to attract distinguished researchers from all over the world and develop close ties with numerous other research and educational institutions, such as the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

On this website, you will find everything you need to know about our Institute, departments, research groups, researchers and their publications, as well as our upcoming and past news and events.

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  • "How speaking fast is like running: modelling control of speaking rate" - Joe Rodd
    07 September 2020

    Joe Rodd will defend his thesis Thursday 24th of September 2020

    On Thursday 24th of September 2020, at 10.30, Joe Rodd will...

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  • 13 August 2020

    A smoke-free campus for all

    The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) has...

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  • 12 August 2020

    Adaptation in single neurons provides memory for language processing

    To understand language, we have to remember the words that...

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    Population Genetics of Human Communication

    Exploring genetic relationships between musicality, and early social, motor and language abilities

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    Population Genetics of Human Communication

    Functional characterisations of genetic variance structures:
    A gene-set study of genetic associations between social, motor and...

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