Seminar on ' Brain Imaging of Spoken and Written Languages in Mandarin- and English-speaking Children and Adults '
On September 19 a seminar on 'Brain Imaging of Spoken and Written Languages in Mandarin- and English-speaking Children and Adults' by Twila Tardif (Professor of Psychology, Associate Director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan) will be held at HSE. The event is organised by HSE Centre for Cognition & Decision Making.
Professor Twila Tardif's primary research interests explore relationships between language, culture, and cognition with a focus on early language learning and predictors of reading in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. Her work includes naturalistic, experimental, and brain-imaging studies of word learning in children and adults. She has led large, international research teams in the norming of vocabulary and syntax instruments and has examined language and reading development in Chinese- and Spanish-English bilinguals. She is currently examining the effects of online materials on reading comprehension and for teaching language.This talk will present data from over 20 years of research on English-, Spanish-, and Mandarin-speaking children early language and reading development. It will focus on features that spoken languages and their variations contribute to the processes and brain mechanisms of reading. Specifically, it will address the role of vocabulary, as well as morphological and phonological processing skills play in reading development and how high-quality preschools can decrease the impact of family differences in education and income on reading development. Both behavioral and neuroimaging data on children brain areas underlying reading will be presented from over 600 children in both longitudinal and cross-sectional studies conducted in Beijing, Hong Kong, and the United
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