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Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics! 

In 2020 our Institute is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Over the years, the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen has experienced a number of milestones. To find out more about our history and our path to success, read our interview with founding father Pim Levelt, and view our timeline.

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

  • On Thursday, 11th of March 2021, at 10.30, Anne Mickan will defend her thesis entitled "What was that Spanish word again? Investigations into the cognitive mechanisms underlying foreign language attrition".
    09 March 2021

    Anne Mickan will defend her thesis Thursday 11th of March 2021

    On Thursday, 11th of March 2021, at 10.30 (CET), Anne Mickan...

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  • 04 March 2021

    Ellen Verhoef will defend her thesis Friday 5th of March 2021

    On Friday 5th of March 2021, at 10.30h, Ellen Verhoef will...

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  • 11 February 2021

    Changing the connection between the hemispheres affects speech perception

    When we listen to speech sounds, our brain needs to combine...

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