The Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab is part of the Cognitive Program Area in the Department of Psychology at Penn State. We are affiliated at Penn State with a group of psycholinguistics labs within the Center for Language Science (CLS), including Dr. Michelle Diaz’s Language and Aging Lab at the Social, Life, & Engineering Sciences Center (SLEIC) and the Department of Psychology, Dr. Giuli Dussias’s ISÍ (I see) Eye-tracking Lab in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and Dr. Eleonora Rossi’s lab in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. We will update our new collaborators at UCR when we move this summer.
Our lab conducts research on the cognitive processes that support the acquisition and proficient use of a second language. We investigate how bilingual speakers manage to speak words in one language at a time, how adult learners of a second language acquire new vocabulary, and what information is available when proficient bilinguals read in one or both of their two languages.