School of Communication

Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Laboratory

Media Coverage






Telemundo Dallas Descifrando La Cienca, Episodio 24: Hablar varios idiomas y tu cerebro. Matias Fernandez-Duque discusses how speaking multiple languages changes the brain. July 22, 2022

Nuances Podcast. Episode 11. Dr. Ashley Chung-Fat-Yim on how bilingual brains’ differ from monolinguals’, and how bilingualism improves performance at other tasks. July 10, 2022.

KQED News. The Benefits of Learning a New Language (According to Experts).  May 9, 2019.

Smart Drug Smarts Podcast. Episode #227: How language affects thought. May 14, 2018. Click here to listen.

Higher Ed Social. Episode 115. Bilingualism and cognition. June 7, 2018.

talkRADIO. The Late Late Early Early Show with Paul Ross. On learning another language. May 3, 2018. Click here to listen.

Voice of Islam: Drive Time. Dying Languages. On the cognitive and emotional effects of bilingualism. March 14, 2018. Click here to listen.

BBC. Benefits of bilingualism. On language co-activation and consequences of bilingualism. May 16, 2016. Click here to listen.

KIQI 1010 San Francisco & KATD 990 Sacramento. On Attitudes towards and consequences of bilingualism. March 18, 2015. Click here to listen.

National Institutes of Health. Podcast on Bilingualism.  On the bilingual brain and cognitive control. February 23, 2015. Click here to listen.

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

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

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



Northwestern SOC Interview, May 13, 2019.

Chicago Tonight Interview, May 24, 2018.

Moldova Times Interview, January 30, 2017.

TV Moldova, Prima Ora Interview, November 29, 2016.

WGN Evening News, Chicago, November 12, 2014.

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



IR Insider. European Union agrees to begin examining accession for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia. March 10, 2022.

Medical News Today. Vaccine hesitancy: Why language matters. January 18, 2022.

Discover Magazine. How learning a language changes your brain. May 5, 2021.

Lancaster Online. US children should be taught a second language. December 13, 2020.

Dialogue. Seeing the world through a bilingual brain. Winter, 2019.

Experience Life. Why adults can — and should — learn a second language. June, 2018.

Chicago Tribune. The other Yanny vs. Laurel: How learning a 2nd language alters sensory perception. May 25, 2018.

Northwestern News. Learning a second language alters sensory perception, study finds. May 11, 2018.

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.

Northwestern Magazine. Benefits of bilingualism. Spring, 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)

FrMedBook. Bilinguisme: Que se passe-t-il dans le cerveau? June 13, 2018.

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.

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Our research on audio-visual integration in bilinguals (top of page)

Mind News. Bilingual people are better at sensory perception: Study. July 9, 2018.

Boston Herald. Language helps determine what we hear. June 1, 2018.

The Peterborough Examiner. The Yanny vs. Laurel question. May 31, 2018.

Valdosta Daily Times. The other Yanny vs. Laurel: How learning a 2nd language alters sensory perception. May 30, 2018.

N+1. Билингвы услышали больше иллюзорных звуков из-за эффекта Макгурка. May 15, 2018.

Neuroscience News. Learning a second language alters sensory perception. May 14, 2018.

Daily Mail. Learning a second language can alter sensory perception: Study shows the ability makes you hear different sounds than monolingual people. May 14, 2018.

News Medical. Study: Learning a second language can change sensory perception. May 14, 2018.

Reliawire. Sensory perception is altered by learning a second language. May 14, 2018.

Medical Xpress. Learning a second language alters sensory perception, study finds. May 14, 2018.

Newswise. Learning a second language alters sensory perception, study finds. May 11, 2018.

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

Experience Life. Why adults can – and should – learn a second language. June, 2018.

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.

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, SI English


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.

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.


On social media (top of page)

Chicago Tribune. Going viral: The good, the bad, and the food for thought. May 22, 2018.

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Madmoizelle. Les trouvailles d’Internet pour bien commencer la semaine #365. May 14, 2018.

Daily Mail. College professor goes viral with witty tweet about how many of her students’ grandparents ‘died’ when class was at 8am instead of 3pm, as she jokes that she ‘saved lives’ by changing the time. May 11, 2018.

LongRoom. Professor says grandparents died the semester she taught an 8am class. May 11, 2018.

Mandatory. This Week’s 20 Funniest Tweets 5-11-18. May 11, 2018.

The Herald. Ken Smith’s Diary: Spin a yarn; Having a word; Gingerly speaking. May 6, 2018.


Other (top of page)

The National Herald. We are what we speak: A case for learning Greek. August 15, 2020.

The Maroon. Opinion: Perhaps the most important skill Loyola can provide has little institutional support. January 22, 2020.

Narcity. Meghan & Prince Harry’s Move To Canada May Mean Archie Won’t Have His Father’s Accent.  January 13, 2020.

Bustle. Will Archie have an English accent or an American one? Here’s what two experts say. May 20, 2019.

The University of Edinburgh. Centres spread word on bilingualism benefits. March 19, 2019.

Northwestern DevSci Newsletter. DevSci Student Data Blitz. March 18, 2019.

Northwestern Now. New research center to support Chicago’s bilingual population. March 14, 2019.

The Native Influence, Viorica Marian. January 7, 2019.

Psy.CO. ¿Olvidado? Pruebe su otro idioma. June, 2018.

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.