With more than 60% of the world’s population speaking more than one language, bi/multi-lingualism has become the norm rather than exception in the global world. However, being a bilingual does not simply mean the addition of a language skill - it subtly changes the way we perceive and think about the world. In this talk, Associate Prof. CAI Zhenguang will present empirical findings concerning how bilingualism affects perception and cognition. In particular, Three aspects will be shown:1) the two languages are closely interconnected in the mind/brain and using one language meaning the activation/inhibition of the non-target language; 2) the fact that one language needs to be inhibited allows for a more “practiced” cognitive control system, hence sharpening a bilingual’s ability of cognitive control in other domains; 3) bilinguals are more emotional when making decisions in their first language but more rational in their second language.
Associate Prof. CAI Zhenguang Chinese University of Hong Kong
蔡振光，博士，副教授，博士生导师。他2010年在爱丁堡大学获得博士学位，曾获英国经济及社会科学委员会“未来研究领军”的项目资助，目前任职于香港中文大学副教授。他是认知心理学及心理语言学领域的国际知名青年学者，在国际一流学术刊物（如Cognitive Psychology; Cognition等）发表论文20余篇，研究领域主要涉及语言产生的认知机制、英汉双语句法表征模式、时空感知及其交互关系等。
CAI Zhenguang, PhD, associate professor & PhD supervisor. After receiving his PhD from University of Edinburgh, he was funded as an ESRC (UK) Future Research Leader fellow at UCL. He is currently an associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has published more than 20 journal papers in internationally excellent journals such as Cognitive Psychology and Cognition. His research focuses on mechanisms of language processing, lexico-syntactic representations in bilinguals and the interaction between space and time. His Google Scholar index is 13 (as of 01/01/2019).