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Tenure-Track Candidate for Psychology - Job Talk-SJ

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Posted on Apr 13, 2018

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The Department of Psychology will hold a public lecture with Shanna Kousaie, candidate for a tenure-track position in Psychology, entitled,  “The influence of bilingual language experience on cognition and language processing” on Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m. in  Hazen Hall, 232.

Abstract:  It is estimated that more than 50 per cent of the world’s population is bilingual; however, the majority of language research has focused on monolinguals. In addition, there has been an increase in research suggesting that bilingual language experience has an impact not only on language processing, but also on cognition more globally.

The primary goal of my research is to increase our understanding of the interaction between language experience, cognition, and the brain. In this talk, I will present several experiments that explore these questions using different experimental paradigms and methodologies. I will discuss findings from electrophysiology and magnetic resonance imaging that show language experience related differences in the brain processes underlying cognitive control and language processing. These findings also demonstrate the importance of using a multi-method approach given that brain measures reveal processing differences between monolinguals and bilinguals even in the absence of behavioural differences. These finding begin to shed light on possible mechanisms through which bilingual language experience may exert effects on general cognitive control processes and language processing.

My future research program will expand on my previous work and aims to fill in current gaps.

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