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27,6 million euros for Language in Interaction consortium
Nov 15, 2012
The MPI for Psycholinguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen (Donders Institute, Centre for Language Studies) and University of Amsterdam (Institute for Language, Logic and Computation) have been awarded funding of €27,6 million for their joint proposal for fundamental research on language from genetic building blocks all the way to social interaction. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded consortia of world leading researchers in the Netherlands. These subsidies are intended to help ensure that first-rate proposals bear fruit as world-class research. more >
Peter Hagoort becomes member of Academia Europaea
Nov 15, 2012
Peter Hagoort, director of the MPI for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, has been invited by the Academia Europaea to become a member of the Academy of Europe. Hagoort's membership will officially start in September 2013, when the Academy meets in Poland. more >
Run first read later?
Nov 01, 2012
When we read, various meanings of a word are activated. Is the emotional meaning activated first, to ensure fast response for survival purpose? Or do we need to know what it is before we can evaluate the good or bad of it? more >
The neurobiology of conversation
Oct 15, 2012
In a review recently published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Laura Menenti, Martin Pickering, and Simon Garrod review neural evidence for the interactive alignment account of dialogue. more >
Syntax is shared between speaking and listening
Oct 01, 2012
Do speaking and listening have a lot in common? Is there one integrated system for speaking and listening to sentences or are there two separate systems? In a recent paper, Segaert and colleagues focused on syntactic processing, a crucial aspect of both speaking and listing, necessary to determine the syntactic structure of a sentence. more >
Individual variation in semantic processing
Sep 15, 2012
It is well-known that, within ERP paradigms of sentence processing, semantically anomalous words elicit N400 effects. Less clear, however, is what happens after the N400. Miriam Kos and colleagues address this in a recent publication in Frontiers in Psychology. more >
Genetic effects on language processing
Sep 01, 2012
The genetic FOXP2-CNTNAP2 pathway has been shown to be involved in the language capacity. Miriam Kos and colleagues investigated whether a common variant of CNTNAP2 (rs7794745) is relevant for syntactic and semantic processing in the general population. more >
Neurobiology of Language

What is the neurobiological infrastructure for the uniquely human capacity for language? The focus of the Neurobiology of Language Department is on the study of language production, language comprehension, and language acquisition from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. Read more...

Director: Peter Hagoort

Secretary: Carolin Lorenz


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