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STOP! In the name of l'amour: Language Control and Differential Aphasia

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to lose language? To not be able to express it or understand it? Well, for people suffering from aphasia, this tends to be a sad reality.Aphasia is a growing field of study, especially in bilingual patients, who may lose one

The Blowfish Effect in Word Learning

Weird category members narrow category definitions in novel word learning situations

Different bilingual experiences yield different neural recruitment in cognitive demands

When investigators treat bilingualism as a dimensional, non-unitary construct, fMRIs demonstrate that differences in the duration and extent of bilingual experience effect the recruitment of different neural regions for distinct cognitive processes.

Inner Dialogue: Your Brain on Conversational Inner Speech

What does it sound like when you think? We all experience different types of private speech-like thoughts on a given day depending on what we’re thinking about. Many researchers have studied this phenomenon by prompting subjects to repeat a word or sentence to themselves (Hinke et al., 1993; Simons

Brain activation of bilingual interference supression

Luk et al. 2010This paper tested brain activation patterns of monolinguals versus bilinguals performing the flanker task, in order to test whether the bilingual and monolingual brains treat interference suppression versus response inhibition differently. They found that bilinguals recruited the same network for interference suppression and response inhibition while monolinguals

Unique Bilingualism in Bimodal Bilinguals

Bimodal Bilinguals, those who are fluent in both spoken language, exhibit unique behaviors since they access two separate sensory motor systems for comprehension and productionIntroductionBeing bilingual is becoming more and more of a necessity in this day and age. Not only does it open doors to more job and social

Auditory Deprivation Does Not Impair Executive Functions, But Language Deprivation Might

It is often reported that deaf children have difficulties with Executive Functions (EF), often manifesting as behavioral problems. A lot of researchers have attributed these difficulties with EF to auditory deprivation. However, in this paper, Hall et al. provided evidence for an alternative account: auditory deprivation is not a primary