New PhD student in our lab!

A warm welcome to Toms Voits, the new addition to our lab! Toms will conduct a series of longitudinal studies investigating the effects of bilingualism on cognition and brain structure and function in patients with dementia and in healthy older adults! This exciting project is funded by a University of Reading Anniversary Studentship, and will be co-supervised by Holly Robson and Jason Rothman.



And here is a photo of our lab, with a very special guest! From left to right: Vince DeLuca, Noam Chomsky, Christos Pliatsikas, Toms Voits. From a recent visit by professor Chomsky to the University of Reading.

If you too are interested in pursuing a PhD in our lab, feel free to email at c.pliatsikas[at],  or use the contact form.

Welcome Toms!


Call for papers: Workshop on fMRI and language processing

The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) at the University of Reading are now inviting submissions for a day workshop titled:

“fMRI and language processing: State of the art and future directions”.

This free event will take place on the 13th of December 2017. The event will look into contemporary approaches in the study of language processing with the use of functional MRI and related techniques. It will bring together early career and established researchers and will comprise a state-of-the-art snapshot in the field, as well help discuss and unveil potential future directions for research.

We invite submissions from researchers working in all fields of mono- and bilingual language processing with fMRI. Submissions of projects combining fMRI with other methods used in psycholinguistic research (e.g. ERPs, eye-tracking) are particularly encouraged.

For more details, and to submit your abstract, click here

Multilingualism: Handouts and videos for parents, teachers and SLTs from Bilingualism Matters @ Reading

Our good colleagues from Bilingualism Matters @Reading have now made available several resources for parents, teachers and speech and language therapists that have or work with multilingual children. Click on the links below for the relevant handouts and videos. I hope you find them interesting and useful!

family    SLT        teachers

Handout for parents                    Handout for SLTs                      Handout for teachers

Bilingual parents share strategies for home language maintenance

Facts and myths about bilingualism: what is the research evidence?

An interview with Dr Ciara O’Toole on assessing multilingual children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Language transmission in bilingual families: In conversation with Professor Annick De Houwer

To keep up to date with new videos, you can follow the Bilingualism Matters @ Reading YouTube channel.

Invited talk at the 10th International Morphological Processing Conference, in Trieste, Italy


Last week I was invited to give a talk about Morphology and MRI at the 10th MoProc conference, as part of a symposium titled “Neuroscience and Morphology”, organised by Jon Andoni Duñabeitia (BCBL). The other speakers of the symposium were Alina Leminen (University of Helsinki), who talked about Morphology and MEG, and Eva Smolka (Konstanz University), who talked about Morphology and ERPs. This was an excellent event, which gave us the opportunity to sum up current evidence in the field, highlight gaps in our knowledge and identify the pros and cons of each neuroimaging method. A review paper will come out of this collaboration soon. In the meantime, you can access the talks, along with all the research papers that were discussed as part of this symposium, via this link.

Our lab at the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Limerick, Ireland

This week we were at the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Limerick, Ireland. Vince presented our latest experiment, a longitudinal study on the effects of bilingual immersion on brain structure. Our poster attracted a lot of interest, and we received valuable comments and feedback. Overall, a successful conference!


Vince hard at work!



Do we look proud enough?



And here is a closeup of the poster



With Anna Wolleb and Ludovica Serratrice, aka the heart and soul of Bilingualism Matters @ Reading 



And of course, no visit to Ireland is complete without a pint of stout! Who said conferences are not fun?