Understanding how multilanguage acquisition can reshape our mind.
The Multilanguage and Cognition Lab (MULTAC) is formed by a team of researchers interested in studying multilanguage acquisition and its effects on cognitive development across the lifespan.
“" Language is literally the stuff of life. The more you can speak of other people's languages, the more you can be part of their lives and enrich your own."
- Our staff
Dr Roberto Filippi
Professor Chloe Marshall
Professor Jackie Masterson
Professor Jane Hurry
Professor Julie Dockrell
Dr Evelyne Mercure
Dr Liory Fern-Pollak
Ms Isabel Quiroz
Ms Eva Periche Tomas
Ms Andriani Papageorgiou
Collaborators from other institutions
Professor Peter Bright, Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Julia Ouzia, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Fiona Richardson, Anglia Ruskin University
- Research projects
Worldwide research in the last three decades has shown that multilingualism is the norm - more than half of the world's population is estimated to speak more than one language - and that acquiring and using two or more languages might be beneficial for children's cognitive development as well as serving as a protective factor for the brain when we age.
It is therefore crucial to understand how multilingualism transforms our brain in both early and later stages of life - which is the aim of our lab.
Our lab conducts experimental research using modern technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Filippi, R., D'Souza, D., & Bright, P. (2018). A Developmental Approach to Bilingual Research: The Effects of Multi-language Experience from Early Infancy to Old Age. International Journal of Bilingualism, 1-13
Filippi, R. (2018). Bilingual cognition and language: The state of the science across its subfield. First Language, 38, 669-671. doi:10.1177/0142723718802034
Papageorgiou, A., Bright, P., Periche Tomas, E., & Filippi, R. (2018). Evidence against a cognitive advantage in the older bilingual population. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1-10 doi:10.1177/1747021818796475
Mercure, E., Quiroz, I., Goldberg, L., Bowden-Howl, H., Coulson, K., Gliga, T., . . . Macsweeney, M. (2018). Impact of language experience on attention to faces in infancy: Evidence from unimodal and bimodal bilingual infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 ARTN 1943. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01943
D'Souza, D., & Filippi, R. (2018). Progressive modularization: Reframing our understanding of typical and atypical language development. First Language. 37, 518-529. doi:10.1177/0142723717720038
Naeem, K., Filippi, R., Periche-Tomas, E., Papageorgiou, A., & Bright, P. (2018). The Importance of Socioeconomic Status as a Modulator of the Bilingual Advantage in Cognitive Ability. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, ARTN 1818. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01818
D'Souza, D. & Filippi, R. (2017). Progressive modularization: reframing our understanding of typical and atypical language development. First Language Acquisition.
Folke, T., Ouzia, J., Bright, P., De Martino, B. & Filippi, R. (2016). A Bilingual Disadvantage in Metacognitive processes. Cognition, 150, 119-132
Kerrigan, L., Thomas, M.S.C., Bright, P., & Filippi, R. (2016). Evidence of an advantage in visual-spatial memory for bilingual compared to monolingual speakers. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 1-11
Filippi, R., Morris, J., Richardson, F., Bright, P., Thomas, M.S.C, Karmiloff-Smith, A., and Marian, V. (2015). Bilingual children show an advantage in controlling verbal interference during spoken language comprehension. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 18(03), 490-501.
Filippi, R. (2015). Antecollis: case report. Reactions, 1573, 182-17.
Filippi, R., Rasetti, M., Lenzi, M., Bright, P. (2014). Possible effects of pramipexole on neck muscles in a patient with Parkinson's disease. Oxford Medical Case Report, 2014(1), 8-10
Filippi, R., Karaminis, T., Thomas, M.S.C. (2013). Bilingual language switching in production: empirical and computational studies. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 17, 294-315
Filippi, R., Leech, R., Thomas, M.S.C., Green, D.W., and Dick, F., (2012). A bilingual advantage in controlling language interference during sentence comprehension. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 15(04), 858-872
Filippi, R., Richardson, F., Dick, F., Leech, R., Green, D.W., Thomas, M.S.C., and Price, C.J. (2011). The right posterior paravermis and the control of verbal interference. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(29): 10732-10740
Richardson, F., Thomas, M.S.C, F., Filippi, R., Harth, H., and Price, C.J. (2009). Contrasting effects on vocabulary knowledge on temporal and parietal brain structures across lifespan. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 83, 109-113.
" To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world."