Cognitive implications of bilingualism
In this line of research we assess the collateral effects that bilingualism may have for the linguistic and attentional systems of bilingual speakers. In particular, we focus on the origin of two already reported effects associated with bilingualism: a) the linguistic cost that bilinguals in comparison to monolinguals suffer and, b) the benefits associated with bilingualism on attentional control. To reach this goals, we assess the performance in various behavioral tasks of both normal individuals and brain-damage patients.
In this research line we explore the process of category acquisition in bilingual and monolingual preverbal infants, that is, how and when infants can understand that a word is not link to a specific object but to a group of objects that share one or more dimension.
We want to study if differences in the linguistic background of the infants (bilingualism or monolinguism) will afect the representation of the category formed.