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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.

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    13 June 2024

    Rowan Sommers defends thesis on 17 June

    On 17 June at 10:30 am, Rowan Sommers will defend his thesis...

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  • 12 June 2024

    Otto Hahn Medals for Joery den Hoed and Laura Giglio

    Each year, the Max Planck Society awards up to 30 young...

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  • 05 June 2024

    Brain waves shape the words we hear

    The timing of our brain waves shapes which words we hear. In...

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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

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