MPI Research
Unravelling the mysteries of language


What we do and why we do it

At the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, all our researchers are dedicated to uncovering the psychological, social, and biological foundations of language. Our mission is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of the mind, and how we can learn completely different languages.

The MPI has four permanent departments: Language Development, Language & Genetics, Psychology of Language, and Neurobiology of Language. There are also a number of free-floating and affiliated Max Planck Institute research groups, such as Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication, Communication in Social Interaction, Multimodal Language and Cognition, and Neural Dynamics of Language Production, as well as research groups associated with the Institute's Departments: Population Genetics of Human Communication, The Cultural Brain, Imaging Genomics, and Learning Through Processing. Although each of these departments and groups focus on their own specialist area, they are all closely intertwined, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of our field.

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