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Unique in the world

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is one of more than 80 research institutes of the German Max Planck Society. The MPI in Nijmegen is one of the few outside Germany and it is the only institution 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. The institute has close connections with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen.

Multidisciplinary research

The study of language is thoroughly multidisciplinary. Researchers come from various disciplines, ranging from anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, genetics, computer science, and archiving technology.


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International atmosphere

The atmosphere of the institute is very international. Researchers come from all over the world - there are about 20 nationalities - and there are many active international collaborations with colleagues in the US, Europe, Australia, Korea, China, and Japan. Of course, we also collaborate with other Max Planck Institutes (e.g., Evolutionary Anthropology, Human Cognitive & Brain Science, Biological Cybernetics, Social Anthropology, and History of Science).



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About MPI

This is the MPI

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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The Netherlands

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The Netherlands

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