School of Communication

Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Group

Media Coverage





Voice of Islam: Drive Time. Dying Languages. March 14, 2018. Click here to listen.

BBC. Benefits of Bilingualism. May 16, 2016. Click here to listen.

National Public Radio (WBEZ91.5). Clever Apes #31. June 6, 2012. Click here to listen.

Cambridge 105. 105 Drive with Julian Clover: Bilingual children. October 14, 2014. Click here to listen.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Surging demand for dual language education. January 15, 2015.

National Institutes of Health. Podcast on Bilingualism. February 23, 2015. Click here to listen.

KIQI 1010 San Francisco & KATD 990 Sacramento. March 18, 2015.



Student Project, Bilingualism is Healthy!, December 9, 2017.

Moldova Times, January 30, 2017.

TV Moldova, Prima Ora, November 29, 2016.

WGN Evening News, Chicago, November 12, 2014.

ITVBuzz60. Colbertian Language Study, St. Louis, MOAOL On. July 16, 2012.



World Economic Forum. Speaking more than one language can boost economic growth. February 6, 2018.

Bilingualism Matters. Myths and Misconceptions in Multilingualism. November 22, 2017.

Medical News Today. Bilingualism: What happens in the brain? October 4, 2017.

Psychology Today. When you see objects, you think words. June 23, 2015.

Huffington Post. Bilingual people may have more efficient brains. November 13, 2014.

The Economist. Variety makes you (mentally) fit. October 17, 2014.

The Santa Barbara Independent. The bilingual advantage. February 6, 2014.

Psychology Today. When bilinguals listen. September 21, 2013.

Psychology Today. Forgotten? Try your other language. July 3, 2013.

The Neuron Club. Cerebrum article. November 2, 2012.

New Scientist. Bilingual brain boost: Two tongues, two minds. May 8, 2012.


Our research on the bilingual brain (top of page)

Daily Journal. School desk: The power of being bilingual. September 29, 2017

Washington Post. Study shows that people who speak two languages have more efficient brains. November 18, 2014.

Discovery News. Bilingual people are like brain ‘bodybuilders’. November 13, 2014.

Fox News. People who speak two languages have more efficient brains, study says. November 13, 2014.

Medical Daily. Bilingual benefits: How learning another language keeps your mind sharp, no matter your age. November 12, 2014.

Northwestern News. Bilingual brains better equipped to process information. November 7. 2014.

La Presse. Le cerveau des gens bilingues traite mieux l’information. November 12, 2014.

Scinexx. Zweisprachigkeit wirkt wie Gehirnjogging. November 13, 2014.


More about our research on the bilingual brain

Live SciencePBSDaily MailTIME, El CastellanoScope Stanford MedicineGovernment ExecutiveScienceBlogTech TimesCounsel HealMedical XpressLaboratory EquipmentECN MagazineBig News NetworkVoice of AmericaYahoo NewsQuartzNews Medical, Journal Metro, Red Orbit, Rujhaan, Twitter, Top SanteMetro TV News, Pikiran Rakyat, BeritaSatu, RTL Belgium, Tribun News, Boas Noticias, VOA, Forskning .No, The Post OnlineSBS Australia, TVcN, IOL, The Daily Northwestern, Inquisitr, Chief Learning Officer, Language Magazine


Our research on neural and executive advantages in bilinguals (top of page)

BBC News. Bilingual children ‘show advantage’ in noisy classrooms. October 13, 2014.

The Telegraph. Bilingual pupils ‘outperform their peers in noisy lessons’. October 14, 2014.

Huffington Post. Why it makes more sense than you know to learn a second language. June 13, 2013.

U.S. News & World Report. More evidence bilingualism aids thinking skills. April 30, 2012.

The Atlantic. Bilingualism may boost attention, working memory. May 23, 2012.

BBC News. Being bilingual ‘boosts brain power’. May 1, 2012.

NBC Latino. Being bilingual improves ear function, says study. April 30, 2012.

Health Magazine. More evidence bilingualism aids thinking skills. April 30, 2012.


More about our research on neural and executive advantages in bilinguals

The Guardian, MTL BlogMetroHeadline & Global News (HNGN)Scientific American BlogRepubblica, ItalyNews.Nederlands (NU.NL)Wall Street JournalNational Institutes of HealthCenter for Applied Second Language StudiesThe ASHA LeaderThe Washington PostWiredAssociation for Psychological ScienceThe Wall Street Journal BlogDaily NorthwesternTopNews Arab EmiratesScience 360Evanston NowMedIndiaEurekAlert!Science CodexNorthwestern University News CenterScience DailyPedia StaffMedicalXpressBreaking News EnglishModern GhanaThe Daily StarMany Years YoungUK Wired NewsEveryday HealthMedicine NetDrugs.comDoctorsLounge.comEducation WeekHartford CourantHealthcare TodayBelleNewsQuantum DayEurekAlert!EuroGraduateNet DoctorTherapy Toronto News


Our research on language learning and control in bilinguals and monolinguals (Colbertian language) in the news (top of page)

Northwestern University News Center. Colbert helps open doors to bilingual research. July 9, 2012.

Los Angeles Times. Bilingualism: Stephen Colbert’s ‘truthiness’ inspires a language. July 13, 2012.

NBC. Researchers name invented language after Stephen Colbert. NBC Miami, NBC San Diego, NBC Philadelphia, NBC Bay Area, NBC Connecticut, NBC Southern California, NBC New York, NBC Washington, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. July 11, 2012.

Evanston Now. Colbert helps open doors to bilingual research. July 10, 2012.

United Press International. New language inspired by Colbert. July 11, 2012.

Global Post. Colbertian: New language named after Stephen Colbert. July 11, 2012.

Colbertian News Hub. Researchers at Northwestern invent Colbertian. July 12, 2012.

Bilingualism Research Today. Linguistic link: Learn to speak Colbertian. July 12, 2012.

Comedy Central. Habla Colbertian? 2012.

New York Post. Weird but true. July 11, 2012.

Chicago Tribune. Stephen Colbert: The academic world’s obsession. July 11, 2012.


Our research on the bilingual advantage in language learning (top of page)

Northwestern University News Center. Exposure to two languages carries far-reaching benefits. May 20, 2009.

News Miner. Languages of the world get a taste of the mango. July 5, 2010.

AAAS EurekAlert! Exposure to 2 languages carries far-reaching benefits. May 19, 2009.

Headlines India. Bilinguals pick up foreign language faster. May 20, 2009.

Thaindian News. Bilinguals more adept in picking up foreign languages. May 20, 2009.

Medical News Today. The far-reaching benefits of exposure to 2 languages. May 20, 2009.


More about our lab research in the news (top of page)

CNN. How language is processed by your brain. August 16, 2016.

Northwestern Magazine. Benefits of bilingualism. Spring, 2015.

The Daily Northwestern. ISA hosts discussion on importance of bilingualism. November 10, 2011.

Northwestern University School of Communication. Viewbook. September 2011. [pdf]

Wikipedia: State-dependent learning, Context-dependent memory, Encoding specificity principle, Multilingualism.

United Press International. Commentary: Unique cues can bolster bilingual fluency. October 29, 2003.

Northwestern Magazine. Ru n2 im? Winter 2003.

APA Monitor on Psychology. Remembering in tongues. November 2000.


Other(top of page)

Stiri Pozitive, Profesoara moldoveanca din SUA, November 13, 2016.

Green & Gold News, Alumni of Distinction: Viorica Marian, September 2, 2015.

Flacara TV, Diaspora moldava din SUA, May 1, 2015.