Tid: Tisdag 26 september 2017, kl. 10:00-12:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati


Bilingual exposure alters perceptual and cognitive processing starting during infancy (Kovács & Mehler, 2009a; Werker & Byers-Heinlin, 2008) resulting in lifelong consequences for linguistic and cognitive processing, both costs and benefits (Bialystok, 2011).  During infancy, bilingual exposure also alters memory processing. The talk will cover data on how bilingual exposure alters memory processing in children from 6 months to 3 years of age.  Memory flexibility involves the ability to recognize functional equivalence between objects despite perceptual changes. Monolinguals show high levels of memory specificity (e.g., Hayne, MacDonald & Barr, 1997) whereas bilinguals show evidence of earlier memory flexibility but no differences in memory recall.  These results suggest that bilingual infants may develop adaptive memory flexibility more rapidly than monolinguals. Dr. Barr will also discuss the implications of the work for our understanding of how early environmental variations shape the trajectory of memory development and cognitive flexibility, and practical implications for early bilingual education.

About Rachel Barr

Dr. Rachel Barr (Website at Georgetown University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Georgetown Early Learning Project at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  The Georgetown Early Learning Project has focused research on perceptual processing differences during infancy and cognitive processing differences during early childhood.   Her area of expertise is on early memory and learning. She studies learning from multiple sources, including learning from media, learning from adults and more recently learning in bilingual language environments.  Her recent work has examined how bilingual exposure alters memory processing during infancy.

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