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A practical guide for language researchers

By bringing together contributions from a distinguished group of language researchers, Annette de Groot and Peter Hagoort collected in one volume the methods and technologies that are used by today’s researchers in the language domain - all the way from genetics and neurobiology to a variety of behavioral methods used to study human language in all its aspects.
A practical guide for language researchers

Consequently, “Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language” has recently been published by Wiley as the first comprehensive practical guide for language scientists. The book was presented at the MPI on December 12, 2017.

In many aspects the human language system is a unique support system for communication and thinking. In recent decades the ways to investigate this complex cognitive capacity has changed dramatically. To be able to appreciate research findings or actively participate in this research field, one has to be acutely aware of the ins and outs of the research methods that are currently available. Until now a volume that summarizes and discusses all available methods in the language sciences was missing. Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language intends to fill this gap.

The new volume provides a comprehensive overview of all relevant methods currently used in research on human language and communication, including: traditional observational and behavioral methods; computational modelling; corpus linguistics; and virtual reality. The book also examines neurobiological methods, including functional and structural neuroimaging, and molecular genetics.

Useful guide

“We are confident that the broad collection of research methods presented is varied enough for all beginning researchers interested in human language processing to find a topic to their liking and get going. And for researchers already active in language studies to become familiar with techniques they have not yet practiced themselves,” say De Groot and Hagoort.


Peter Hagoort (left) and Annette de Groot (middle) handed out the book 'Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language' to IMPRS graduate students on December 12, 2018. © Kevin Lam


De Groot, A. M. B., & Hagoort, P. (Eds.). (2018). Research methods in psycholinguistics and the neurobiology of language: A practical guide. Oxford: Wiley.

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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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