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Franziska Köder - Does multilingualism affect attention levels and the likelihood of an ADHD diagnosis? Evidence from a Norwegian Cohort study

Franziska Köder is a researcher and lab manager of MultiLing's Socio-Cognitive Laboratory. She holds a PhD in Experimental Psycholinguistics (University of Groningen) and a MA in German Linguistics, and Philosophy (University of Heidelberg). Her interests lie in children’s pragmatic and semantic development, with a special focus on multilingualism and atypical development. She is currently the manager of the project "Better attention, better communication? How ADHD and multilingualism influence children’s pragmatic development", funded by The Research Council of Norway.

Franziska will give the talk in English.

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Photo: UiO / Nadia Frantsen

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) frequently have impairments in executive attention. Multilingual children, by contrast, might have cognitive advantages related to attentional control (although this is highly contested). The goal of the study is to investigate the relationship between multilingualism, attention levels and ADHD diagnosis in a general population sample. We address among others the following questions: Do differences in multilingual experience explain variability in attention levels? Is the probability of getting an ADHD diagnosis the same for monolingual and multilingual children? How are parent ratings of attention related to an official ADHD diagnosis for monolingual and multilingual children?

The study will be based on data from the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), a prospective population-based study with over 100,000 participants from different parts of Norway. In this talk, I will discuss the design of the study, what variables and age groups to include, and how to best analyse the data set. Since this is work in progress, all feedback is highly welcome.


This is an open event. A zoom link will be sent via the forum's mailing list. If you wish to join, you can register to the clinical forum mailing list here. You may also contact the organizers Helene Killmer or Ane Theimann for more information.

Tags: Clinical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, ADHD, Multilingualism
Published Jan. 14, 2022 2:53 PM - Last modified Jan. 24, 2022 2:02 PM