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Christos Pliatsikas

  • School Mentor for Early Career Researchers
  • Department Director of Academic Tutoring
  • Steering Committee and lead of Neuroscience Theme for Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM).

Areas of interest

My research is on experience-based neuroplasticity, with a primary focus on the effects of bi-/multilingualism on brain structure and function, investigated with behavioural and MRI (functional and structural) methods.

My research interests include:

  • Are brain structure and function, and cognition, affected by learning additional languages?
  • How are these effects modulated by the individual experiences of the language learner?
  • How do these effects interact with typical brain development and ageing, and what are the implications for age- or disease- related neurodegeneration?
  • Are there particular effects on the brain and/or cognition caused by language situations like diglossia, digraphia and biliteracy?

Teaching

  • Modules: PL1LB, PL3RD, PLMRD, PLMRDN, PL2M2MM2
  • Topics: Language in the Brain, Introductory Neurology for Speech and Language Therapy students, BSc and MSc research and dissertation projects.

Research centres and groups

  • Bilingualism in the Brain lab (personal lab)
  • Psycholinguistics & Neurolinguistics Lab
  • Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
  • Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN).

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading
  • MSc in Clinical Neurosciences, Institute of Neurology, UCL, London
  • BSc in Psychology, Pantion University, Athens, Greece.

Publications