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Call for papers: Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain: Current Evidence and Future Directions

Ultima actualizare: 12 Feb 2017

Call deadline: 28 February 2017

University of Reading, 21/06/2017

Recent evidence has suggested that the bi-/multilingual experience, or the need of the multilingual brain to juggle between several languages, might significantly affect, or even “enhance”, the structure and function of the brain (Bialystok, 2016; García-Pentón et al., 2015). Some research has even suggested that brain degeneration might be halted or delayed in the bilingual brain, leading to the delay of the symptoms of dementia (Alladi et al., 2013), but these suggestions have recently been challenged (Lawton et al., 2015). It is therefore important to look at whether, and how, bi-/multilingualism interacts with the expression and progression of common neurodegenerative diseases.

This day workshop will bring together early career and established researchers in the fields of second language acquisition and cognitive/clinical neuroscience, and will comprise a state-of-the-art snapshot in the field, as well as discuss potential future directions for research.

This free event is part of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) 2017 week, and is co-funded by the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), and the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA).

We invite submissions from researchers working in all fields of bi-/multilingualism and brain degeneration, looking at young or older populations, with cross-sectional or longitudinal designs, and with behavioural, brain imaging and/or brain stimulation techniques. Submissions focusing on bi-/multilingual populations with major neurological diseases, such as, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis are particularly encouraged.

Abstracts should be submitted via this link.

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