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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 >
Neandertal genes shed light on unique aspects of the modern human brain
Dec 13, 2018
A characteristic feature of modern humans is the unusually round skull and brain, in contrast to the elongated shape seen in other human species. By studying Neandertal DNA fragments found in the genomes of living Europeans, scientists have now discovered genes that influence this globular shape. An interdisciplinary research team, led by the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics and Evolutionary Anthropology, brought together fossil skull data, brain imaging and genomics, as reported in Current Biology. more >
MPI's Sonja Vernes on Arte TV
Dec 11, 2018
The latest edition of the German/French TV programme 'Arte' features Sonja Vernes, leader of the MPI Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication research group. more >
Antje Meyer elected as member of the Leopoldina
Dec 07, 2018
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is proud and happy to announce that director Antje Meyer has been elected to be a member of the Leopoldina. 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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