Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments
Penn State's Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) award focuses on the science of language learning for education, examining the contexts and consequences of language learning in the classroom.
Led by principal investigator Judith Kroll, Penn State Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Women's Studies, this project builds on recent discoveries demonstrating that using two or more languages changes minds and brains to be more open to learning, more cognitively flexible, and more resistant to cognitive decline. The goal is to translate the science of language learning for education, and examine the contexts and consequences of language learning in the classroom and the field for an increasingly diverse population. The PIRE involves collaborations with scientists in China, Spain and Germany.