Peter Hagoort studies the neurobiological foundations of human language. He observes the brain in action, and investigates how it controls language production and comprehension. Hagoort was one of the first to combine psychological theory and neuroscientific models, and his ideas have had an enormous impact on the discipline.
In the late 90s, Hagoort conducted a key study on the timing of speech. It turns out that our brain first collects grammatical information about a word before it collects information about the sound. Hagoort’s research produced the first reliable, real-time measurement of speech production in the brain.
In 1999, Hagoort founded the prestigious F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen, now an affiliate of the Donders Institute for Cognition, Brain and Behaviour. The Centre’s interdisciplinary team of researchers is using a series of new and advanced techniques to find out how the brain is able to process functions such as memory, language, observation, attention, emotion and consciousness.
Hagoort is one of the most creative and productive scientists in his field. He is closely involved in the public debate about how the brain functions, and plays an important role in communicating with the general public about his discipline.
Peter Hagoort (born in 1954) is Professor of Cognitive Neurosciences at Radboud University, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and Director of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. Hagoort studied biology and psychology at Utrecht University and Radboud University, where he became a professor in 1990. He has received a number of major awards, including the NWO’s Spinoza Prize (2005).