How Many Languages Can You Learn?

THU, OCT 11, 2018 (44:45)

How does the brain acquire and process language? How about multiple languages? And how about a whole lot of languages? Dr. Fedorenko describes what cognitive science knows and what is still to be learned. She and her associates focus on how the brains of multilingual people (polyglots) process very different types of languages. They also investigate those rare individuals who learn dozens of languages (hyperpolyglots).

+ BIO: Evelina Fedorenko

Evelina Fedorenko is an Assistant Professor, at Harvard Medical School / Mass General Hospital and she is the Director of the EvLab at MIT. Dr. Fedorenko received her Ph.D. in 2007 from MIT, and in 2014 she joined the faculty at HMS/MGH. Her lab investigates the brain regions associated with both normal and impaired language processing.

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