You are here: Home

Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (new preview)

Minister ECS opens InScience
Sep 03, 2018
Minister of Education, Culture, and Science (ECS), Van Engelshoven, opens the fourth edition of InScience, International Science Film Festival Nijmegen. The five-day science film festival is the largest science festival in the Netherlands and its objective is in line with the government’s science policy of strengthening the connection between science and society. InScience (7 to 11 November) shows the best scientific films that have been released worldwide this year. The theme of InScience 2018 is Artificial Intelligence. more >
Daniel Dennett will deliver Nijmegen Lectures on October 15 and 16, 2018
Jul 19, 2018
We are happy to announce that world-renowned philosopher Professor Daniel C. Dennett has accepted to deliver the Nijmegen Lectures about Autonomy, Language, and Consciousness on October 15 and 16, 2018. The Nijmegen Lectures is an annual event organised by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University. more >
Language in Paradise
Jul 04, 2018
On the 17th December 2017, Peter Hagoort - managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics - held a public lecture on humans' unique ability for the use of language in Paradiso, Amsterdam. This lecture can now be viewed online. more >
Communicating in 3D: research at Lowlands festival
Jun 25, 2018
If you want to talk to someone at a noisy festival, you probably shout or use hand gestures. What features of your movements contribute the most to understanding language? Researchers from Radboud University and the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics (MPI) examine this on 17, 18 and 19 August during 'Lowlands Science'. more >
Envisioning language
Jun 19, 2018
What are the basic mechanisms of understanding language? Markus Ostarek explored to what extent the comprehension of concrete words like ‘bird’ relies on processes that are otherwise used for visual perception. He will defend his thesis on this topic, 25 June 2018 at 16:30 in the Aula of the Radboud University. more >
What do you actually mean?
Jun 14, 2018
In everyday life, listeners often hear sentences with which the speaker means something different than what he or she literally said. Johanne Tromp investigated how we recognise and understand these indirect messages with various methods, including Virtual Reality. She will defend her thesis on this topic, 18 June 208 at 12:30am in the Aula of the Radboud University. more >
What a speech deficit looks like at the cellular level
Jun 11, 2018
Some children never learn to speak as proficiently as expected. In rare cases the cause is a single mutation that has disrupted a gene in the affected child. A gene contains instructions to build a protein. But how could a damaged protein lead to problems with spoken language? In her thesis, Sara Busquets Estruch investigated several of these proteins to discover what they do at a cellular level and what happens when they are broken. more >
Scientists try to unravel the mystery of ‘animal conversations’
Jun 06, 2018
African elephants like to rumble, naked mole rats trade soft chirps, while fireflies alternate flashes in courtship dialogues. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of ‘animal conversations’. An international team of academics undertook a large-scale review of research into turn-taking behaviour in animal communication, analysing hundreds of animal studies. more >

Click to start the video on YouTube

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.



Questions about language?

Is there something you have always wanted to know about language? Visit our Q&A section!


Outlined font 1,5 pt wide cirkle 3 pt.



Participate in our research?

Button to navigate to the participants pages



Street address
Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen
The Netherlands


Mailing address
P.O. Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Phone:   +31-24-3521911
Fax:        +31-24-3521213


Public Outreach Officer
Marjolein Scherphuis