Peter Hagoort

Peter Hagoort is director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (since November 2006), and the founding director of the Donders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN, 1999), a cognitive neuroscience research centre at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In addition, he is professor in cognitive neuroscience at the Radboud University Nijmegen. His own research interests relate to the domain of the human language faculty and how it is instantiated in the brain. In his research he applies neuroimaging techniques such as ERP, MEG, PET and fMRI to investigate the language system and its impairments as in aphasia, dyslexia and autism.

For his scientific contributions, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts Sciences (KNAW) awarded him with the Hendrik Mullerprijs in 2003. In 2004 he was awarded by the Dutch Queen with the "Knighthood of the Dutch Lion". In 2005 he received the NWO-Spinoza Prize (M€ 1.5). In 2007 the University of Glasgow awarded him with an honorary doctorate in science for his contributions to the cognitive neuroscience of language. In 2008 he was awarded with the Heymans Prize. In 2012 the KNAW awarded his career contribution to the cognitive neuroscience with the Academy Professorship Prize (M€ 1.0).

Peter Hagoort is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), of The Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen, and of the Academia Europaea. In 2018 Peter Hagoort was elected as foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences and as Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society. 


Other affiliations:

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. [link]

Director Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Principal Investigator Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.



Huidige model van taal in de hersenen klopt niet (interview NPO Radio 1, 15-10-2019)

Al in de baarmoeder zijn we gevoelig voor taal (interview Eos Magazine, 17-10-2019, PDF)

Over sprekende auto’s, communicerende marsmannetjes en breintaal (lezing door Peter Hagoort in de miniserie Taal in het Paradijs op 17 december 2017 in Paradiso)

Het zijn de feiten, stommeling! (Volkskrant publication, 27-4-2017)

Peter Hagoort: Het talige brein (Lecture KNAW, 9-9-2013, 45 min.)

Peter Hagoort zet het brein te kijk (Footage NPO3 TV, 15-5-2013, 55 min.)

KWG - MPG 100 year: Peter Hagoort video portrait (by Henk Visser, 2011, 7 min.)

Niet voor bangeriken (Footage NPO Start, 21-11-2010, 45 min.)


PhD students

Ph.D. students with completed doctoral dissertations

Click here to download a list of Ph.D. students with completed doctoral dissertations (1996 - 2019).

Current Ph.D. students

Danchao Cai (2012)
Nationality: Chinese
Project: Neuro-anatomy of language

Daniel Sharoh (2014)
Nationality: American
Project: Neuroanatomy of language

Bohan Dai (2014)
Nationality: Chinese
Project: Informational Masking

Marvin Uhlmann (2015)
Nationality: Germany
Project: Neurobiological models of sentence processing

Valeria Mongelli (2015)
Nationality: Italian
Project: Semantic processing and consciousness

Rene Terporten (2015)
Nationality: Dutch
Project: How is Flexibility in Language Processing Realized by Dynamic Brain Network Mechanisms?

Julia Misersky (2016)
Nationality: German
Project: Language and Thought

Ksenija Slivac (2016)
Nationality: Croation
Project: Language and Thought

Kristijan Armeni (2016)
Nationality: Slovenian
Project: Role of synchrony during language comprehension

Sophie Arana (2017)
Nationality: German
Project: MEG and Language

Rowan Sommers (2017)
Nationality: Dutch
Project: Neurobiology of Reference

Micha Heilbron (2017)
Nationality: Dutch
Project: The brain processes of language predictions

Cas Coopmans (2018)
Nationality: Dutch
Project: The cognitive neuroscience of syntactic structure building

Laura Giglio (2018)
Nationality: Italian
Project: The neurobiology of sentence-level language production

Alessio Quaresima (2019)
Nationality: Italian
Project: Learning and Adaptation in Neurobiological Models of Language Processing

Nienke Hoeksema (2019)
Nationality: Dutch
Project: The comparative neurobiology of vocal learning in bats

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