Tutorial: Bilingualism and the Brain

This tutorial provides a snapshot summary of the research conducted by Dr. Laura Ann Pettito and VL2 colleagues. It provides a sampling of the academic research and news articles that explain why learning language young is so important, how the young brain processes language, and how children benefit in broader academic terms from their early language study.

Videos: 
  • Dr. Laura Ann Petitto - The Science of Learning on Visual Language!

    Bilingualism and the Brain: The Science of Learning on Visual Language! This tutorial provides a sampling of the academic research and news articles that explain why learning language young is so important, how the young brain processes language, and how children benefit in broader academic terms from their early language study.

  • What the eyes reveal about the brain (2015)

    "What the Eyes Reveal About the Brain: Advances in Human Language Acquisition - Insights from Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) and the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2)" With Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto from Gallaudet University's Brain and Language Laboratory Important research will be shared related to the visual modality and what happens when as Petitto's says, "the lion's share of knowledge comes from the eyes." What is the impact of that on brain structure and brain function? And particularly, how does this relate to early language acquisition? Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto is the science director and co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation and Gallaudet University's Science of Learning Center, VL2. She is also the scientific director of her own brain imaging laboratory at Gallaudet, called the Brain and Language Laboratory or BL2, as well as a full professor in Gallaudet's Department of Psychology, and an affiliated full professor in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University. Petitto conducts neuroimaging and behavioral studies of infants, children, and adults to provide new knowledge about the biological mechanisms and environmental factors that together make possible the human capacity to learn and convey language, achieve reading mastery, and become a skilled bilingual.


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