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New research suggests “f” and “v” are recent speech sounds worldwide
Mar 15, 2019
MPI's Dan Dediu en Scott Moisik are involved in new research published in the March 15 edition of Science magazine that could revise our understanding of the history of language. more >
MPI's Falk Huettig appointed Professor of Psycholinguistics and Cultural Cognition
Mar 12, 2019
The MPI congratulates Falk Huettig, who has been appointed Professor of Psycholinguistics and Cultural Cognition at Radboud University Nijmegen. more >
People track when talkers say ‘uh’ to predict what comes next
Mar 06, 2019
Speakers tend to say ‘uh’ before uncommon words (‘uh… automobile’) rather than common words (‘car’). In a new eye-tracking study, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics show that listeners use this information to predict an uncommon word upon hearing ‘uh’. Moreover, when an ‘atypical’ speaker says ‘uh’ before common words (‘uh… car’), listeners learn to predict common words after ‘uh’ – but only with a native speaker. more >
MPI's Paul Hömke will defend his thesis
Jan 15, 2019
On Friday January 25, 2019, at 10.30, Paul Hömke will defend his thesis entitled “The face in face-to-face communication: signals of understanding and non-understanding” in the Aula of Radboud University. As with all defenses, it is a public event and everybody is welcome to join. more >
The Economic Board reikt Parel uit aan onderzoeksprogramma Food and Cognition
Jan 13, 2019
Food and Cognition is een programma van de Radboud Universiteit, Radboudumc, Wageningen University & Research, Donders Instituut en het Max Planck Instituut en valt onder het overkoepelende Healthy Brain-programma. De eerste The Economic Board Parel van 2019 gaat naar onderzoeksprogramma Food and Cognition. Op 10 januari werd de 3D-geprinte Parel-award uitgereikt door The Economic Board-directeur Sigrid Helbig. more >
Longer eye blinks lead to shorter answers
Dec 19, 2018
People may nod or say ‘uh-huh’ to steer a conversation. But the subtle cue of eye blinking may also be important for communication. In a new Virtual Reality study, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University designed an avatar who asked questions ('How was your weekend?'). People produced shorter answers when the virtual listener’s blinks were longer. Blinking is interpreted as communicative feedback and can apparently signal that enough information has been received. more >
How We Became Unique Animals | Lecture by geneticist Adam Rutherford
Dec 18, 2018
Monday 14 January 2019 | 19.30 – 21.15 hrs | De Lindenberg, Ridderstraat 23, Nijmegen Radboud Reflects and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics more >
Peter Hagoort appointed Fellow of Cognitive Science Society
Dec 14, 2018
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is proud and happy to announce that director Peter Hagoort has been appointed Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society. 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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