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Growing-Up Speaking Spanish in Norway: A Neurocognitive Investigation on Native Language Development Among Adult Multilingual Speakers

This study is part of the Heritage-bilingual Linguistic Proficiency in their Native Grammar (HeLPiNG) project, a research grant funded by the Tromsø Forskningsstiftelse (Tromsø Research Foundation).

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This study is part of a collaboration that brings together world-class researchers in the field of bi/multilingualism and (neuro)cognitive science from the UiT The Arctic University of Norway (the PoLaR Lab and AcqVA Aurora Research Center) and the University of Oslo (MultiLing: Center for Multilingualism in Society Across the LifeSpan).

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What is this project about?Flyer in Spanish with QR code

The overall aim of our study is to better understand how the bilingual mind/brain works in as much detail as possible. Specifically, we are interested in studying how adults who grew up being exposed to/speaking a language other than Norwegian at home, such as Spanish, process and use their home/native language.

How do we plan to study this?

The study will take place over 2 sessions at MultiLing’s Socio-Cognitive Laboratory.

During the first session, participants will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires to gather information about their bi/multilingual experience. During the second session, participants will be asked to complete a series of computerized language and cognitive tasks while we measure changes in their brain’s electrical activity using a non-invasive technique called electroencephalography (EEG).

What type of participants are we looking for?

We are looking for adults (age 16-50) who were born in Norway or moved to Norway while they were children and have grown up being exposed to and/or speaking Spanish at home. We expect our participants to vary in the amount of Spanish they use in their daily life as well as how comfortable they feel speaking it, but they need to be able to at least understand/speak “basic” conversational Spanish to be able to participate in the study.

When will this take place?

We will start getting in touch with our participants in October. Data collection is expected to start in the next couple of months. The project is planned to run from November 2021 to February 2022 (exact dates yet to be confirmed).

Will participants receive any compensation to participate in the study?

Yes! Participants will receive a 400 NOK Oslo City gift card to participate in the study and a really cool picture of them wearing the EEG cap as well as a live video of their brain’s electrical activity unfolding in real time (#BestInstagramStoryEver!)

Who is responsible for the research project?

This project is led by Dr. Alicia Luque, Postdoctoral Researcher at the PoLaR Lab and AcqVa Research Center at UiT, in collaboration with Elisabet García González, PhD Fellow at the Center for Multilingualism Across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the University of Oslo. You may contact them with any questions you might have at or and you can register your interest here.


Published Sep. 28, 2021 4:38 PM - Last modified Oct. 5, 2021 9:41 AM