Saturday 11 Sep

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12:30 pm

Saturday 11 Sep

Un "SPRING" Culturel: Two languages, one brain - How does it fit?


Alan Pegna



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The benefits of learning a second language on the brain

Are you learning a second language? Or ever considered it?
If you are, chances are you probably never considered exactly how the unique benefits and challenges of this exercise affect the brain.

The fact is that learning to speak two languages can be perceived as both a problem and as a blessing.
What do neuroscience and neuropsychology tell us about bilingualism, though?
How does the brain deal with two languages? What are the difficulties and what the advantages of having separate “dictionaries” in one’s mind?

Learning to speak two languages can be perceived both as a problem and as a blessing. Behavioural neuroscience researcher and clinical psychologist, Alan Pegna, will explore the connection between polyglotism and the brain. He will endeavour to answer all of these questions and more as he explains the positive affects of learning a second language on the brain.

Alan Pegna is a researcher in behavioural neuroscience, as well as a clinical neuropsychologist. Formerly a clinical neuropsychologist and professor of neuropsychology at the university of Geneva (Switzerland), he joined the University of Queensland UQ in 2015 where he is currently Associate Professor at the School of Psychology. Alan holds a Master’s degree in Human Physiology from University College, London (UK), as well as a Master’s and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

His interests lie in the neural bases of behaviour, with a particular focus on visual and emotional functions, as well as language processing. His work in the past addressed the neural underpinnings of bilingualism in the human brain.

Class Details: 

  • Date – Saturday 11th September 2020
  • Time – 12:30pm
  • Duration – 60 Minutes
  • Location – Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main St, Kangaroo Point
  • Tickets – FREE
  • Presented By – Alan Pegna
  • Audience Capacity – 100

Conference Includes:

  • 60-minute presentation
  • Coffee, tea, Evian water, and Orangina, as well as croissants and pains au chocolat, will be available on the day.

Schedule subject to change.
Attendees will be required to follow our COVID-19 safe venue procedures.

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