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The science behind multilanguage acquisition across the lifespan

From: 20th January 2021
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: zoom
Tariff (members): Free
Tariff (non-members): Free


The issue of whether bilingualism/multilingualism is beneficial or detrimental to cognitive and linguistic development has been an area of research interest for decades. Despite the initial belief that learning a second language early in life could 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 scientific debate is based on some reported evidence that the lifelong use of two languages may have positive effects on our brain. Some scientific studies reported that multilingual children and adults outperform monolinguals in tasks measuring attention skills. Other studies have provided evidence that multilingualism may even delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s in older age. In this talk Dr Filippi, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at University College London, Institute of Education, will give you an overview of the research conducted in this exciting field and will share with you the latest experimental findings.