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Dr Julia Hofweber
Appointment
  • Research Fellow
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
Research Summary

My research interests are wide, but I’m primarily interested in the cognitive processes underlying language acquisition and language selection in multilinguals. My PhD project was funded by the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading. In my PhD, I investigated the effects of bilingualism on cognition, focusing on the question whether frequent switching between languages (code-switching) had the potential to enhance bilinguals' executive functions. Following my PhD, I stayed at the University of Reading, working as a Postdoctoral researcher on the Language Learning Strand of the Creative Multilingualism Project. In this project, I was involved in conducting a longitudinal intervention study exploring the relationship between different teaching approaches and the development of mental flexibility and linguistic creativity in the second language.

At the University of Reading, I am also currently a co-investigator on two research projects funded by the Centre of Literacy and Multilingualism. The first project explores the cognitive processes underlying language switching in Hindi-English bilinguals with aphasia (PI: Dr. Bose). The second project assesses the potential impact of different code-switching patterns on creativity and executive functions in Turkish-English bilinguals in the UK and in Cyprus (PI: Prof. Treffers-Daller).

Currently, I am working at the Department of Psychology and Human Development (IoE, UCL) as a Postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Chloë Marshall on a Leverhulme-funded project about the acquisition of sign language. This three-year project will investigate implicit learning processes in adults acquiring sign language. Thus, I hope to make novel contributions to our understanding of language learning in the visual modality.

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