Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht City Campus)

The Neurocognition of Bilingualism and Cognitive Control

when 3 June 2013 - 6 June 2013
duration 1 week
fee EUR 400

The majority if the world’s population speaks two or more languages. In spite of this, research into the neurocognition of language has mainly focused on monolingual speakers. Recent findings, however, suggests that bi‐ and multilinguals are different from monolinguals in terms of brain activation in language tasks, brain anatomy, and general cognitive functioning. These differences have been mainly ascribed to bilinguals needing to switch between languages and needing to select one language at a time while suppressing the language(s) not in use. A hotly‐debated controversy in the neurocognition of bilingualism concerns the nature of the mechanisms responsible for language switching and language selection. Is this a language‐internal mechanism or is it a general cognitive control mechanism? In the latter case, what effect does bilingualism have on general cognitive functioning? And what specific aspects of bilingualism lead to this advantage? Given the recent coverage in the media about the advantage of bilingualism to general cognitive functioning in infants and elderly (e.g., “Why bilinguals are smarter” New York Times, March 17, 2012), the topic of neurocognition of bilingualism and cognitive control is very timely. The proposed summer school will allow scholars to investigate in detail the evidence in favor of and against current views. Speakers will also address the methods and techniques (brain imaging techniques, EEG , eyetracking, behavioral research) used to investigate the issues at stake. The topic of neurocognition of bilingualism will appeal to scholars in a wide range of fields, among others, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, education, neuroscience, neuropsychology, and communication disorders.

Course leader

E. Kaan
F.N.K. Wijnen

Target group

Advanced (research) master students, PhD students (and up) in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, education, neuroscience, neuropsychology, and communication disorders.

Course aim

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Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 400: Course + course materials + housing

EUR 200: Course + course materials

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Utrecht Summer School doesn\\\\\\\'t offer scholarships for this course.

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