Bilingual neuroscience freshman jumpstarts language processing study

When you see a picture of a wooden, four-legged piece of furniture that you sit on, what’s the first word that comes to mind? If you’re a monolingual English speaker, the first word is probably “chair.” And you could probably come up with the word pretty quickly. But if you are fluent in more than one language, the story might be a little different. Colorado State University freshman and neuroscience major Luis Gomez Wulschner is hoping to find out just how different that process is. He and a team of students and faculty have designed a study to learn more about what happens in the brain when we turn images into language. For a poster describing their project, “Basic Word Processing and Recognition in Bilingual and Monolingual Individuals,” they were…

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