Conversation with Ellen Bialystok - Part 1: The Brain and the Potential of Bilingualism

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Conversation with Ellen Bialystok - Part 1: The Brain and the Potential of Bilingualism

Time: May 18, 2018 from 7:15pm to 9pm
Location: French Cultural Services
Street: 972 fifth Avenue
City/Town: New York
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Phone: 2124391436
Event Type: talk
Organized By: Cultural Services of the Embassy of France, Albertine, and FACE Foundation
Latest Activity: May 16, 2018

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Join us on Friday, May 18 for a special conversation with world-renown cognitive psychologist Ellen Bialystok, moderated by Fabrice Jaumont,

Ellen Bialystok, an expert in cognitive psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada, will discuss the connections among bilingualism, emotional intelligence and brain development. Dr. Bialystok’s research shows how in the bilingual brain the early development of some cognitive functions helps bilinguals manage multiple tasks more easily.

Ellen Bialystok is a pioneer in bilingualism. She has been working on bilingualism for nearly 40 years and uses many methods, ranging from psychology to behavioral sciences and modern imagery, to support and deepen her research.


Ellen Bialystok is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Walter Gordon Research Chair of Lifespan Cognitive Development at York University, and Associate Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Her research uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to examine the effect of bilingualism on cognitive processes across the lifespan. Her discoveries include differences in essential cognitive abilities as children develop and postponement of systems of dementia in older bilingual adults. Among her awards are the Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science Hebb Award (2011), Killam Prize for the Social Sciences (2010), York University President’s Research Award of Merit (2009), Donald T. Stuss Award for Research Excellence at the Baycrest Geriatric Centre (2005), Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research (2002), Killam Research Fellowship (2001), and the Walter Gordon Research Fellowship (1999). In 2016, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2017 she was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo for her contributions to research.

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