Workshop on Neuropsychology & Bilingualism

Workshop on Neuropsychology & Bilingualism

A half-day workshop for Speech and Language Therapists exploring bilingualism and neuropsychological impairments.

Neurological disorders are the leading cause of long-term disability. In a world that is increasingly bi/multilingual, professionals need a better understanding of the nature of neuropsychological impairments in bi/multilingual speakers, and of the assessment and rehabilitation implications in this population.


Through a lively and interactive session, event attendees will:

  • Gain theoretical understanding of the linguistic and cognitive processes underlying bilingual language processing and production
  • Learn how cognitive neuropsychology can be used as an experimental approach.
  • Discuss methodology and statistical issues:
    a. single-case vs. group studies;
    b. correlations vs. dissociations of cognitive deficits;
    and c. brain-behaviour-deficit correlation.
  • Through demonstration of neuropsychology data from various language combinations, delve deeper into bilingual language control and executive control:
    cognitive and neural aspects.
    Discuss clinical utility of the theoretical discussions: Theory to disease through specific examples of clients.

Speakers:

Dr. Marco Calabria: Pompeu Fabra University, Centre for Brain and Cognition, Barcelona, Spain

Marco Calabria is a world-renowned researcher in clinical neuropsychology with research interests in the study of language production and cognitive control mechanisms in healthy and brain-damaged bilinguals with dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He has worked with patients who speak various language combinations, e.g., Spanish-Catalan, Spanish-English. He has published extensively in scientific peer-reviewed journals and he has several contributions at international conferences of psychology and neuroscience.

Dr. Arpita Bose: School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

Arpita Bose is a leading researcher in the area of language production in monolingual and bilingual aphasia with an emphasis on understanding the interplay between cognitive, linguistic and speech motor processes during language production and implementing those findings to develop better intervention strategies. Using findings from her
research in bilingual speakers of South Asian languages (e.g., Bengali, Hindi, Kannada), she will discuss how aphasia is manifested in different language users and implications for assessment and treatment. She has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and teaches aphasia and other related disorders at Reading.

Admission is FREE for this event but registration is essential. To book a place, visit the online store.

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