Dr Aina Casaponsa

Lecturer in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience

Research Interests

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.

The effect of foreign language in fear acquisition
Garcia-Palacios, A., Costa, A., Castilla, D., del Rio, E., Casaponsa, A., Duñabeitia, J.A. 18/01/2018 In: Scientific Reports. 8, 8 p.
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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.
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Los cognados en la adquisición y la evaluación de segundas lenguas
Duñabeitia, J.A., Borragan, M., Casaponsa, A. 2017 In: Enseñar léxico en el aula de español. . Barcelona : Difusión p. 107-120. 14 p. ISBN: 9788416943883.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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