Birmingham Language Learning and Bilingualism Lab
I am a Reader (Senior Associate Professor) in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). I am a psycholinguist, primarily interested in bilingualism and children's language acquisition.
As part of my work on children's language acquistion, I am interested in factors that affect word learning, especially general cognitive functions. For instance, I have studied the hurdles for the acquisition of words that relate to relations between objects and people, such as verbs and compound nouns (e.g. clocktower or baby bottle).
As part of my bilingualism research, I have studied vocabulary development in bilingual children. But more recently, I am investigating how bilingualism interacts with cognitive control, social competence and well-being.
Have a look at the Research tab to see what I am up to at the moment.
April 2023 - New Paper from our ESRC project accepted in NeuroImage showing how the functional neural architecture of cognitive control mediates the relationship between individual differences in bilingual experience and behaviour. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.10.06.510955v1
January 2023 - New paper with Roksana Markiewicz, a former master's student of mine, and Ali Mazaheri: Bilingualism can cause enhanced conflict monitoring and occasional delayed responses in a flanker task. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.15863
September 2022 - Yifan Wang gives an oral presentation at the 19th Annual Cognitive Section Conference of the British Psychological Society in Brighton, U.K.: "Executive functions, not bilingualism or culture predict visual perspective taking in adults."
August 2022 - various presentations at the 4th International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC) in Tromsø, Norway. We presented results of our ESRC on the relationship of individual differences in bilingual experience and cognitive control. Valeria Agostini (picture) presented a poster exploring two accounts for young multilinguals’ perspective-taking advantage in referential communication. And Zlatomira Ilchovska presented a poster on bilingual language switching: ERP and time-frequency EEG processes.
May 2022 - Felix Carter presented some results of our ESRC project at the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience in Birmingham: "The relationship of individual differences in bilingual experience and cognitive control"