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dc.contributor.advisorSorace, Antonellaen
dc.contributor.advisorRohde, Hannahen
dc.contributor.advisorBak, Thomasen
dc.contributor.authorLong, Madeleine Rebecca Anneen
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-23T10:30:30Z
dc.date.available2018-07-23T10:30:30Z
dc.date.issued2018-07-02
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/31398
dc.description.abstractA fundamental question in language research is the extent to which linguistic and cognitive systems interact. The aim of this thesis is to explore that relationship across new contexts and over the entire adult lifespan. This work centers on two branches of empirical research: the first is an investigation into the impact of later-life language learning on cognitive ageing (chapters 2-4), and the second examines the cognitive mechanisms underlying communicative perspective-taking from young adulthood into old age (chapter 5). The results of these chapters demonstrate that changes to one’s linguistic environment can affect cognitive functions at any age, and similarly age-related changes to cognition can affect linguistic abilities, shedding light on the extent to which language and the brain are intricately connected over the lifespan. In the discussion (chapter 6), I consider how this work contributes new insights to the field, opening the door for future research to explore methods of improving cognitive abilities and linguistic behavior in old age.en
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dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.hasversionBak, T.H., Long, M. R., Vega Mendoza, M., & Sorace, A. (2016). Novelty, challenge, and practice: The impact of intensive language learning on attentional functions. PLoS One, 11(4), [PONE-D-15-47787R2].en
dc.relation.hasversionLong, M., Horton, W., Rohde, H., & Sorace, A. (2018). Individual differences in switching and inhibition predict perspective-taking across the lifespan. Cognition, 170, 25-30.en
dc.subjectlanguage and cognitionen
dc.subjectlifespanen
dc.subjectlater-life language learningen
dc.subjectcognitive ageingen
dc.subjectage-related changesen
dc.subjectlanguage useen
dc.subjectlinguistic environmenten
dc.subjectbrain functionen
dc.titleLifelong interplay between language and cognition: from language learning to perspective-taking, new insights into the ageing minden
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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