Dr Aina CasaponsaLecturer in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience
I work in the areas of experimental psycholinguistics, multilingualism, and second language acquisition with a focus on cross-language interactions and underlying brain mechanisms.
My research focuses on multilingual cognition:
- How do bilinguals process two language in one mind?
- Does second/third language acquisition change the way we use and perceive our native language?
- What are the cognitive factors underpinning successful second language learning across the lifespan?
- Does multilingualism offers a cognitive advantage?
Recent research projects have looked at language-selective aspects of visual word recognition in bilinguals, electrophisiological correlates of uncounsicous language detection mechanisms, developmental changes associated with cross-language interactions, cognitive factors associated with second language learning in young and older adults.
Upon obtaining my B.Sc. in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, I further specialised in research in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Granada (M.Sc) and in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language (M.Sc.) at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) – University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV). Whilst finalizing my PhD on bilingualism and visual word recognition at the BCBL, I held a 3 month internship at Bangor University. Before I started my current position here at Lancaster University as a 50th Anniversary lecturer I held a post-doctoral position at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research - University of Nottingam.
Does learning a language in the elderly enhance switching ability?
Ramos, S., Fernández García, Y., Antón, E., Casaponsa, A., Duñabeitia, J.A. 08/2017 In: Journal of Neurolinguistics. 43, Part A, p. 39-48. 10 p.
Developmental changes associated with cross-language similarity in bilingual children
Duñabeitia, J.A., Ivaz, L., Casaponsa, A. 2016 In: Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 28, 1, p. 16-31. 16 p.
How do bilinguals identify the language of the words they read?
Casaponsa, A., Carreiras, M., Duñabeitia, J.A. 22/10/2015 In: Brain Research. 1624, p. 153-166. 14 p.
Lexical organization of language-ambiguous and language-specific words in bilinguals
Casaponsa, A., Duñabeitia, J.A. 25/07/2015 In: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 69, 3, p. 589-604. 16 p.
Foreign language comprehension achievement: Insights from the cognate facilitation effect
Casaponsa, A., Antón, E., Pérez, A., Duñabeitia, J.A. 6/05/2015 In: Frontiers in Psychology. 6, 12 p.
Discriminating languages in bilingual contexts: the impact of orthographic markedness
Casaponsa, A., Carreiras, M., Duñabeitia, J.A. 13/05/2014 In: Frontiers in Psychology. 5, 10 p.