Speaker Name(s): Ellen Bialystok, PhD., FRSC
Description: Bilingualism is a common experience that has a powerful influence on cognitive ability. I will describe research that demonstrates these effects across the lifespan, including more rapid development of crucial cognitive processes for young children being raised in homes where two languages are spoken, cognitive benefits for adults who use two languages in their daily lives, and protection against symptoms of dementia for older adults who have been lifelong bilinguals. This research shows how a linguistic experience can reorganize the mind and produce better cognitive functioning for a wide range of important cognitive activities.