CLS Meeting Series - Zofia Wodniecka (Uniwersytet Jagielloński)
Feb 27, 2015
from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM
|Where||127 Moore Building|
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Where IS the bilingual advantage? More evidence, more questions.
Substantial evidence shows that a regular use of two languages often enhances the ability to control cognitive processes in children and adults, despite several failures to replicate the positive effects of bilingualism. In the talk, I will present an overview of collaborative research projects conducted in the recent years, which goal was to reach a better understanding of the nature of bilingual advantage reported in the earlier studies. I will focus on data that speak to the questions of both cognitive consequences of bilingualism and the processes underlying language use in bilinguals. Evidence from experiments with young and older adults, as well as with early and late bilinguals from different language groups will be presented. The tasks used in our studies include: a memory paradigm that taps onto two memory systems (recollection and familiarity), newly developed tasks on social category switching, Lateralized Attention Network Task, a go-no-go task, and a language switching task. I will conclude with discussing possible interactions between types of bilingual language experience and cognitive processes that it may alter. Time permitting, I will also present new research lines we are currently pursuing.