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About the Workshop

Workshop on Bilingualism and Executive Function: An Interdisciplinary Approach

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with the generous support of the National Science Foundation, is pleased to invite you to a two-day workshop on bilingualism and executive function, to be held on

18-19 May 2015 (Monday and Tuesday) at the CUNY Graduate Center

Location: Proshansky Auditorium (downstairs)
Registration and breakfast on Day 1, May 18 start at 9:00am in Room C202 (downstairs)

The Workshop will immediately precede the International Symposium on Bilingualism-10 at Rutgers University (ISB-10, 20-24 May 2015).

The workshop has an interdisciplinary focus as it will bring together experts from different disciplines broadly divided into two areas, bilingualism and executive function. The disciplines include cognitive psychology, linguistics, aging, and neuropsychology. Each of the 5 panels will feature two invited speakers, who are leading experts, and a discussant. Together the participants will discuss mechanisms and approaches that will connect bilingualism and executive function. To facilitate and inspire the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among researchers and students from different backgrounds, and to promote collaborative research projects in the future, we invite researchers in all areas of cognitive science and related fields to submit abstracts for a poster session (18 May) on bilingualism and executive function.

Abstract submission deadline: Sunday, 05 April 2015

Internationally renowned researchers who will present invited talks include:

Day 1: Monday, May 18

BilingualismExecutive Function
Panel 1: IntroductionJudith Kroll (Penn State)
Discussant: Virginia Valian (CUNY)
Naomi Friedman (U of Colorado Boulder)
Panel 2: MethodologyHarald Clahsen and João Veríssimo
Discussant: Randall W. Engle
Laura Zahodne (Columbia U)
Poster Session

Day 2: Tuesday, May 19

BilingualismExecutive Function
Panel 3: Young AdultsAlberta Costa (Pompeu Fabra U)
Discussant: Jubin Abutalebi (U Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
Raymond Klein (Dalhousie)
Panel 4: ChildrenAntonella Sorace (U of Edinburgh)
Discussant: Virginia Mueller Gathercole (Florida International U)
Klara Marton (CUNY)
Panel 5: Older AdultsThomas Bak (U of Edinburgh)
Discussant: Lynn Hasher (U of Toronto)
Yaakov Stern (Columbia U)
Summary and Synthesis: Ellen Bialystok (York University)

Organizing Committee: Irina A. Sekerina, Virginia Valian, Stephen Boatright, Lauren Spradlin (The Graduate Center of the City University of New York)