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Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Welcome to the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics! 

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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Latest News

  • 07 October 2019

    Why the language-ready brain is so complex

    In a review article published in Science, Peter Hagoort,...

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  • 01 October 2019

    Neuroimaging reveals hidden communication between brain layers during reading

    Language involves many different regions of the brain....

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  • 26 September 2019

    MPI’s Evan Kidd named as Australia’s leading researcher in Language and Linguistics

    The MPI is proud and happy to announce that Senior...

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Upcoming events

  • 21 Nov - 21 Nov

    Defence: Elliot Sollis

    Radboud University Nijmegen
    A network of interacting proteins disrupted...
  • 12 Dec - 12 Dec

    Defence: Merel Maslowski

    Radboud University Nijmegen
    Fast speech can sound slow: Effects of...


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