Learn about how early bilingual experience shapes neurocognitive development during Cognitive Science talk

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The Cognitive Science Seminar Series continues it’s 2020-21 program developed on the theme of “Culture and Cognition” on Nov. 18.

The series aims to bring a focus on the roles that culture may play in developing cognitive abilities such as technology creation, theory of mind, language and norms.

The Nov. 18 event, titled “Early Bilingual Experience and Neurocognitive Development,” will feature guest speaker Natalie Brito from the Department of Applied Psychology, New York University.

It is well known that early experiences play a critical role in shaping trajectories of brain development and behavior. Research that examines how children learn from their caregivers and environments are needed, but more importantly, studies that incorporate culturally and linguistically diverse families are imperative to gain a fuller understanding of how basic learning mechanisms may vary across children’s experiences. Understanding the wider effects of the sociocultural context on development can potentially help to disentangle the many pathways through which adaptations to the environment impact brain and behavior.

This talk will highlight two experiences common to many children, social inequality and multilingualism, and will examine associations between these experiences and neurocognitive development.

All talks are on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.