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Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is a world-leading research institute devoted to interdisciplinary studies of the science of language and communication, including departments on genetics, psychology, development, neurobiology and multimodality of these fundamental human abilities. 
We investigate how children and adults acquire their language(s), how speaking and listening happen in real time, how the brain processes language, how the human genome contributes to building a language-ready brain, how multiple modalities (as in speech, gesture and sign) shape language and its use in diverse languages and how language is related to cognition and culture, and shaped by evolution. 
We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. 

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.

Latest News

  • Singing researchers find cross-cultural patterns in music and language
    16 May 2024

    Singing researchers find cross-cultural patterns in music and language

    Are acoustic features of music and spoken language shared...

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  • 09 May 2024

    Ezgi Mamus defends thesis 13 May

    On 13 May at 14:30 am, Ezgi Mamus will defend her thesis...

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  • 22 April 2024

    Daniel Dennett (1942-2024)

    The MPI is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Daniel...

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Link to MPI TalkLIng website

MPI TalkLing is the official blog of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen on which our researchers talk about all aspects of language sciences. Click here to visit our blog

Upcoming events

  • 5 Jun - 7 Jun

    IMPRS Conference 2024

    Max Planck Institute & online

    The International Max Planck Research School...


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