Special Issue "Individual Variation and the Bilingual Advantage—Factors that Modulate the Effect of Bilingualism on Cognitive Control"

A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maurits Van den Noort

Research Group of Pain and Neuroscience, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-⁠⁠⁠701, Republic of Korea
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Interests: bilingualism; second language acquisition; working memory; schizophrenia; depression; sleep disorders; Parkinson's disease; fMRI; TMS
Guest Editor
Dr. Peggy M.P.C. Bosch

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Centre for Cognition, Radboud University Nijmegen, Postbus 9104, Nijmegen 6500 HE, the Netherlands
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Interests: schizophrenia; depression; sleep disorders; acupuncture; fMRI; TMS
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Esli Struys

Centre for Linguistics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene, Belgium
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Interests: bilingualism; second language acquisition; cognitive control; interpreting; bilingual education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The number of bilingual and multilingual speakers is steadily growing. How do bilinguals manage two or more language systems in their daily interactions and how does being bilingual/multilingual affect brain functioning and vice versa? Previous research showed that cognitive control plays a key role during bilingual language management. This hypothesis is further supported by the fact that foreign languages were found to affect not only the expected linguistic domains, but surprisingly, also other non-linguistic domains, such as cognitive control, attention, inhibition, working memory, etc. Somehow learning languages seems to affect executive/brain functioning. This is in the literature referred to as the bilingual advantage, meaning that people who learn two or more languages seem to outperform monolinguals in executive functioning skills. In this special issue, we will first present studies that investigate the bilingual advantage; moreover, we will go one step further as well, by focusing on factors that modulate the effect of bilingualism on cognitive control. We welcome all submissions related to the above mentioned topics and also from various disciplines; i.e., linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroscience.

Prof. Dr. Maurits van den Noort
Dr. Peggy Bosch
Prof. Dr. Esli Struys
Guest Editors

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  • Bilingualism
  • Executive Functioning
  • Bilingual Advantage
  • Cognitive Control
  • Individual Variation

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