Areas of interest: Bi-/multilingualism, neurolinguistics, language pathology, dementia.
PhD Thesis: “The cognitive and neurological effects of bilingualism on healthy ageing and dementia”. Funded by a University of Reading Anniversary PhD studentship. Supervisors: Christos Pliatsikas, Holly Robson, Jason Rothman
My PhD thesis explores the cognitive and neurological effects of bilingualism on the progression on dementia. While there is some evidence that bilingual individuals experience clinical symptoms of dementia later in life than comparable monolinguals, there is no confirmation on the possible effects of bilingualism on the progression of the disease. I am addressing this gap in the literature via a longitudinal study employing a combination of neuroimaging (MRI) and behavioural techniques by directly addressing claims that bilingualism can provide protection against cognitive decline and brain deterioration in older age.