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October 2023
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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Bilingualism presents an introduction to the neural bases and cognitive processes of the bilingual brain. It covers foundational knowledge required for study in the area of bilingualism, including prominent theories and research methodologies, and the state of research in relevant fields of psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. Major topics include bilingual development and brain plasticity; aphasia and the bilingual brain; cross-linguistic effects of bilingualism; bilingual lexical and conceptual memory; and cognitive and neurocognitive effects of bilingualism. This book represents the first of its kind to bring together the various psychological and theoretical issues of bilingualism with respect to language processing and representation, while providing insight into the 'reality' of the bilingual brain.


‘Our field was awaiting for a long time such a comprehensive volume that covers the whole topic of the cognitive neuroscience of bilingualism: From neurons to words and to cognitive functions. An outstanding work that should become a must-read for students and researchers.’

Jubin Abutalebi - University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy

‘Like no other book on bilingualism, this is a complete and up-to-date captivating book on the intricacies of the bilingual brain. An extraordinary resource for students and researchers interested in the interplay between the bilingual cognitive mind and the structural bilingual brain.’

Roberto R. Heredia - Texas A&M International University, USA

‘This book is a must-read for anyone interested in cognitive neuroscience of bilingualism. Readers will acquire a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts necessary to grasp the topic. The chapters outline clear learning objectives, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience. The material is presented in an accessible and engaging style that keeps the reader's attention. Despite its scientific rigor, the book is a delight to read, comparable to a well-written novel.’

Alina Leminen - Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland

‘Accessible to non-specialists, this book presents a comprehensive review of the key issues in bilingual brain research. The multidisciplinary perspectives and methodologies are well described and explained, along with clear illustrations of new topics covering language and the environment, culture, child-adult learning differences, and many more, all in simple and concise terms.’

Ping Li - Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

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