S2 E2: Keeping Our Brains Tidy

In this episode, Dr Marie-Josee Bisson asks Dr Walter Van Heuven about language organisation in the brain. How does the brain cope with having words in different languages and how come we don’t make lots of mistakes when we speak (for example saying a word in French in the middle of a conversation in English!). Listen to the episode to find out! 

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Link to Dr Van Heuven’s research lab: https://waltervanheuven.net/

Example article about Dr Van Heuven’s research:

van Heuven, W.J.B., Schriefers, H., Dijkstra, T., & Hagoort, P. (2008). Language conflict in the bilingual brain. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 2706-2716.https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhn030

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