What the Brain’s Electrical Activity Can Tell Us About How We Learn (And Forget) a Second Language
Lee Osterhout, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Washington; Seattle, WA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2013
3:30PM, IN EEG 001
Recent societal changes in transportation and communication have placed a premium on multilingualism. Unfortunately, learning a second language in adulthood is famously difficult, and retaining it over time can be even more challenging. Understanding the factors that underlie L2 acquisition, retention, and attrition has considerable social value. I will describe research demonstrating the unique sensitivities of ERPs to both the acquisition and attrition of a second language.