Science Café guest Saidi to discuss ‘Bilingualism and the Brain’

Science Cafe SaidiWHAT: University of Nebraska at Kearney Science Café

HOSTED BY: Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society

TITLE: “Bilingualism and the Brain”

TOPIC: At least 60 percent of the world population speaks more than one language. More than 20 percent of people living in the U.S. speak another language at home, and the number is on the rise. Thanks to neuroimaging, we now know that the bilingual brain functions differently from the monolingual brain. These differences are not limited to language processing. This means there are certain consequences in behavior, both in healthy conditions and manifestation of disorders. Saidi will review some of the cognitive and social impacts of speaking more than one language and present some of her research regarding cognitive aspects of bilingualism.

SPEAKER / PRESENTER: Ladan Ghazi Saidi, assistant professor, communication disorders, received her Bachelor of Science in biology from University of Tehran (Iran) and Master of Translation Studies in sciences and research at Azad University (Tehran). She holds an Applied Master in speech pathology and language disorders from McGill University (Montreal) and Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and neuropsychology from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Montreal. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Geriatric Research Centre of the University of Montreal and later at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic.

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

DATE: Monday, March 5

PLACE: The Loft, Cunningham’s Journal, 15 W. 23rd St., Kearney

CONTACT: Allen A. Thomas, assistant professor of chemistry, 308.865.8452, thomasaa@unk.edu

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Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454, gottulatm@unk.edu
Source: Allen A. Thomas, assistant professor of chemistry, 308.865.8452, thomasaa@unk.edu

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