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POSTPONED The science behind multilanguage acquisition

From: 12th March 2020
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: FOCUS, 13 Prince of Wales Terrace, London, W8 5PG
Phone: 0207 9377799
Tariff (members): Free
Tariff (non-members): Free


POSTPONED The issue of whether bilingualism/multilingualism is beneficial or detrimental to cognitive development has been an area of research interest for decades. Despite the initial belief that learning a second language early in life can delay cognitive development, there is now a general consensus that a multilanguage experience is inherently advantageous for communication in modern multicultural societies. However, one of the most exciting yet controversial current scientific debate is based on some reported evidence that the lifelong use of two languages may have positive effects on attentional processing and executive functions (e.g., Bialystok Craik, Green, & Gollan, 2010) and even protect the brain from age-associated cognitive decline (e.g., Bak, Nissan, Allerhand & Deary, 2014; Craik, Bialystok, & Freedman, 2010). Remarkably, the positive effects of being raised in a bilingual environment are observed even before children begin to talk, suggesting that comprehension processes alone may be sufficient to trigger such advantages (Kovács & Mehler, 2009). In this talk Prof Filippi, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at University College London, Institute of Education, will give you a brief overview of the open issues in this field and then focus on his research based on multilanguage acquisition across the lifespan. It will be a fun, informative and social evening, another great opportunity to network! There will be prosecco, nibbles and networking before and after the presentation.