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202303.10 Emergency Response Communication in a Foreign Language (17th Human Brain Science Seminar) Posted in INFORMATION

How do the brain processes for conveying information in an emergency differ between native and foreign languages? How is this process affected by the degree of difficulty of the content to be conveyed? In the 17th Human Brain Science Seminar, Professor Andrea Revesz (University College London, UK), who specializes in foreign language education, will present the latest findings of brain science. (Sugiura).

17th Human Brain Science Seminar
Date/Time: March 10th, 2023 / 15:30-17:00
Venue: Dept. Human Brain Science, IDAC, Tohoku University
Neuro-cognitive correlates of speech production in crisis settings: Effects of language and task complexity
Prof. Andrea Revesz (UCL, UK)
At the time of global crises, the ability to speak a second language (L2) has never been more important to enable communication across countries and continents. Nevertheless, little research has investigated how L2 users’ ability to communicate may be affected under conditions of emergency and disaster (i.e., making decisions in the L2 under pressure). Also, the few studies that have examined L2 speech production processes have exclusively employed behavioural methods. I will report on a project in which we intended to help fill this gap through combining behavioural and neural measures of speech production to investigate the neuro-cognitive processes underlying pauses in speaking. In particular, we considered how language (first versus second language) and the cognitive demands of tasks may influence the speech processes associated with silent pausing. Our results revealed that the two types of data sources provide complimentary insights, yielding a fuller and more valid picture of the speech production process.

Preceding this, she also spoke at the World BOSAI Forum, which was held on the same day.