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Bilingual minds: the impact of speaking two (or more) languages on cognitive development

Dr. Roberto Filippi


The issue of whether bilingualism is beneficial or detrimental to cognitive development has been an area of research interest for decades and, understandably, a concern for parents and educators of bilingual children.


Despite the initial belief that learning a second language early in life can delay cognitive development, there is now some evidence that the lifelong use of two languages may have positive effects on attentional processing (Bialystok Craik, Green, & Gollan, 2010) and even protect the brain from age-associated cognitive decline (Bak, Nissan, Allerhand & Deary, 2014; Craik, Bialystok, & Freedman, 2010). Remarkably, the positive effects of being raised in a bilingual environment are observed even before children begin to talk, suggesting that comprehension processes alone may be sufficient to trigger such advantages (Kovács & Mehler, 2009).


However, recent evidence has challenged the bilingual advantage hypothesis. In particular, the work of Paap in the USA, and Dunabeitia in Spain has questioned the validity of previous findings and generated a heated debate among the scientific community.


In this talk, I will give you a general overview of the open issues in this field and then focus on my research in which both bilingual advantages and disadvantages are found.


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