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.