This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Ellen Bialystok, Professor of Psychology at York University, who is a world-leading expert on the effects of bilingualism on cognitive processes across our lifespan. This conversation examines how she discovered differences in the development of essential cognitive and language abilities for bilingual children, the use of different brain networks by monolingual and bilingual young adults performing simple conflict tasks, and the postponement of symptoms of dementia in bilingual older adults, and many more fascinating aspects of bilingualism.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Plastic Revolution, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
Focusing on Bilingualism - From pedagogy to battling stereotypes
Becoming Scientific - Inklings of plasticity
Out of the Minds of Babes - Focusing attention from the earliest moments
Differences and Definitions - Statistically significant results, and defining bilingualism
Multitasking and Focusing - Real-world applications of bilingualism's advantages
In the Brain - What’s happening inside
The Art of Measurement - The power of fMRI
Bilingualism, Extended - The challenge of isolating relevant factors
Bilingualism and Dementia - Surprising results and current puzzles
Public Policy Implications - The societal benefits of bilingualism
Open Questions and Speculations - Ongoing mysteries and the problem with projections
About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series
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