Clearing the Cobwebs From the Study of the Bilingual Brain: Converging Evidence From Laterality and Electrophysiological Research. Chapter uri icon


  • Investigations of neuropsychological functioning in multiple language users offer much promise in answering questions originating from cognitive as well as biological approaches to language. These include questions about the neural concomitants of bilingual lexical functioning, age of onset of bilingualism, degree of proficiency, and degree of overlap in language structure. There is by now a sizable body of experimental literature on the bilingual brain, including studies that have employed laterality procedures, electrophysiological measures, and hemodynamic measures. To date, few systematic attempts have been made to integrate findings from these different sources of evidence. This chapter summarizes findings from a meta-analysis of laterality studies that compared bilinguals with monolinguals, and the chapter presents converging evidence drawn from recent electrophysiological studies of bilinguals. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

author list (cited authors)

  • Hull, R., & Vaid, J

complete list of authors

  • Hull, R||Vaid, J

Book Title

  • Handbook of bilingualism: Psycholinguistic approaches.

publication date

  • January 2022