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Dr Roberto Filippi
Woburn Square
  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
UCL Principal Supervisor

I completed my PhD in Psychology at the Centre of Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London, supervised by Prof Michael Thomas, Prof Fred Dick and mentored by Prof Annette Karmiloff-Smith.

Research Summary

My research focuses on multi-language acquisition and its effects on cognitive control, memory and metacognitive processing.

In particular, my current studies investigate the implications of raising children in multilingual environments with focus on both typical and atypical development. I am also interested in exploring the possible beneficial effects of using more than one language throughout the life span.

  • Does multilingualism affect cognitive functioning in infancy, childhood and adulthood?
  • How do multilinguals manage to control their languages? 
  • Will brain structure change as a function of increased ability to control more than one language? 
  • Can the constant use of more than one language contribute to "cognitive reserve" and protect the brain from cognitive decline due to ageing?

These are some of the most important questions that I address in my research by using a convergence of behavioural and neuroimaging methods together with a developmental approach.

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