Director

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici
Director
Phone: +49 341 9940-112
Fax: +49 341 9940-113

Secretariat

Melanie Trümper
Personal assistant
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Margund Greiner
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Latest Thinking – Unlokcing frontier research

The idea: Complicated stuff needs to be explained. In Latest Thinking, the researchers personally explain their latest insights into the realities of life.

Prof. Angela D. Friederici: Is Language Development in the Child’s Brain Visible on a Molecular Level?

The idea: Complicated stuff needs to be explained. In Latest Thinking, the researchers personally explain their latest insights into the realities of life.

Department of Neuropsychology

The Department’s research agenda is to identify the functional architecture of language and its neuroanatomical basis in the mature and the developing brain.

The approach of the Neuropsychology Department is interdisciplinary, using different methods for analyzing brain activity and anatomical structure. To identify how brain activity during language processing unfolds in time, we mainly use magnetoencephalographic (MEG) and electroencephalographic (EEG) measurements as well as behavioural measures to identify the temporal structure of brain activity during language processing. The combination of the former two methods with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), with its high spatial resolution, allows us to establish a coherent picture of the functional neuroanatomy of language processing in the human brain. In addition, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) analyses are used to gain insight into the structural connectivities underlying the neural network of language.

News from the department

Professor Angela D. Friederici discusses the structures in the brain that make human language unique and possible.March 25, 2017Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual conference, San Francisco

Big Ideas in Cognitive Neuroscience

Professor Angela D. Friederici discusses the structures in the brain that make human language unique and possible.

March 25, 2017
Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual conference, San Francisco
Over a period of several months a film crew recorded volunteers of the long-term study Second language acquisition hereat the Max Planck Institute. As a result, the short documentary was broadcast on 3sat nano on 19th January 2017 and can be viewed in German on the Mediathek.

3sat nano: "How to learn Language"

Over a period of several months a film crew recorded volunteers of the long-term study Second language acquisition hereat the Max Planck Institute. As a result, the short documentary was broadcast on 3sat nano on 19th January 2017 and can be viewed in German on the Mediathek.

A conversation about the development of language during the course of our lives, her work as vice president of the Max Planck Society, and the value of basic research to uncover truly new findings. The BR alpha forum invites outstanding personalities from the fields of politics and business, science and society, and culture and religion to engage in profound discussion, in which there is enough time for details and nuances and not only attention-grabbing quotes.

Professor Angela D. Friederici as a guest in BR alpha forum

A conversation about the development of language during the course of our lives, her work as vice president of the Max Planck Society, and the value of basic research to uncover truly new findings.
The BR alpha forum invites outstanding personalities from the fields of politics and business, science and society, and culture and religion to engage in profound discussion, in which there is enough time for details and nuances and not only attention-grabbing quotes.

Latest press releases from the department

Max Planck scientists devise a model of how human speech develops

From a baby’s cry to Goethe’s Faust

Max Planck scientists devise a model of how human speech develops [more]
How the brain learns a new language most effectively.

Arabic-German for beginners

How the brain learns a new language most effectively. [more]
Global excellence in language research

From South Korea to Germany, and back:

Global excellence in language research [more]
The ability to produce and understand language makes humans unique.

Language characterizes humans

The ability to produce and understand language makes humans unique. [more]
A New Model to describe cognitiv processes in the brain

Automated or controlled

A New Model to describe cognitiv processes in the brain [more]
Sleep improves and structures infant memory

Infants create new knowledge while sleeping

Sleep improves and structures infant memory [more]

 
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