Jia'en Yee

ESR6: Language processing, brain structures and connectivity:effects of orthographic transparency

Lead beneficiary: University Putra Malaysia

Main supervisor: N. T. Yap

About me:

My background is in applied neuropsychology where I have conducted studies exploring cognitive differences between monolinguals and bilinguals on a novel mouse-tracking task, as well as in psycholinguistics where I explored the association between bilingualism and identity.

I am currently interested in understanding the role of bi/multilingualism/literacy on cognition, neural structure and connectivity. As the existing literature explores how the use of more than one language affects cognition and the brain, there is a paucity of studies examining the specific role of bi-/multi-literacies. My current research project uses fMRI to investigate whether literacy in languages with different orthographic properties (alphabetic versus non-alphabetic and transparency) would have different effects on cognition, integrity and volume of white and grey matter, as well as neural connectivity between regions associated with language acquisition and processing. Languages of interest are English, Malay and Chinese. Testing populations include monolinguals/literates in the UK and bi-/multi-literates in Malaysia.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 765556.

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