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Jon Andoni Duñabeitia (BCBL)

Doctor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), scientist at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) and graduate professor at the University of the Basque Country.

He currently leads the research group "Multilingual literacy" of BCBL exploring the cognitive processes associated with the acquisition of oral and written monolingual and multilingual language populations of different ages.

Principal investigator of several national projects on literacy and bilingualism and partner in several international projects that explore the neurobiological substrates of multilingualism. He has published about 60 articles in leading international journals on psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience of language, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cognitive Psychology and Frontiers in Psychology, and works as a reviewer of more than 35 international scientific journals.

 

Lecture

How do bilinguals think ? The case of the fat man.

How do bilinguals think ? Are we the same when we speak our native language and when we speak a foreign language we know? What is the relationship between emotions and the languages ​​we speak? Does it hurt less an insult in a foreign language? Can we lie best in our native language or in a foreign language? These and similar questions are grabbing the attention of many researchers in cognitive neuroscience of language, and recent studies show that aspects of thought that until now were considered immovable depend largely on the linguistic context in which we are immersed.

In this talk the most striking findings of recent years on the relationship between multilingualism and thought will be presented, demonstrating through several experimental paradigms and several neuroscientific techniques how human beings are able to change their way of thinking, feeling and act on the language you're using at the time. First studies on the processing of emotions will be presented through language, comparing native and foreign languages. Alongside this, research on processing lies in native and foreign languages, as well as studies on the differences in the processes of decision making depending on the language will be presented. Then it will demonstrate how moral judgments can change depending on the language, and how thought is directly affected by the emotional distance that each language brings. Finally, recent data show that even the perception of oneself changes substantially depending on the linguistic context presented. All this will be spiced with some humor, which will make us rethink of what until now was believed to be the essence of being human.

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