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Lecture | LACG Meetings

Understanding structural plasticity in the multilingual brain: The Dynamic Restructuring Model

Thursday 19 November 2020
LACG Meetings
Online via Microsoft Teams (see link below)


Research on the effects of multilingualism on the structure of the brain has so far yielded variable patterns. Although it cannot be disputed that learning and using additional languages restructures the brain, the reported effects vary considerably, including both increases and reductions in grey matter volume and white matter diffusivity. This presentation reviews the available evidence from the perspective of experience-based neuroplasticity, and links these findings to patterns from other domains of learning. It concludes with a theoretical suggestion reconciling the available findings to theories on the biological basis of experience-based neuroplasticity: the Dynamic Restructuring Model.

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