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Psychology of Bilingualism

The Cognitive and Emotional World of Bilinguals

  • Alfredo Ardila
  • Anna B. Cieślicka
  • Roberto R. Heredia
  • Mónica Rosselli

Part of the The Bilingual Mind and Brain Book Series book series (BMBBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Internal World of the Bilingual Person

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Yanli Huang, Chi-Shing Tse
      Pages 3-26
    3. Alfredo Ardila, Mónica Rosselli
      Pages 27-37
    4. Mónica Rosselli, Idaly Vélez-Uribe, Alfredo Ardila
      Pages 39-72
  3. Bilingual Language Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Anna B. Cieślicka
      Pages 75-118
    3. Jeanette Altarriba, Stephanie A. Kazanas
      Pages 119-136
    4. Roberto R. Heredia, Elva A. García
      Pages 137-156
  4. Bilingualism Across the Life-Span

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Aviva Lerman, Loraine K. Obler
      Pages 189-210
    3. Alfredo Ardila
      Pages 211-224
  5. Bilingual Cognitive and Personality Dimensions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo
      Pages 227-258
    3. Mónica Rosselli, Idaly Vélez-Uribe, Alfredo Ardila
      Pages 259-267
    4. Andy V. Pham, Sara Castro-Olivo, Heejung Chun, Anisa N. Goforth
      Pages 269-291
  6. Alfredo Ardila, Anna B. Cieślicka, Roberto R. Heredia, Mónica Rosselli
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 293-312

About this book


The aim of this volume is to integrate the current literature about the psychological dimensions of bilingualism: that is, to analyze psychological, subjective, and internal perspectives on bilingualism. What is the internal world of bilinguals like? How do they perceive the world and how do they think? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being bilingual? How does bilingualism interact with personality?  In what way does being bilingual impact the aging mind? Renowned and emerging scholars alike explore these questions in the collected chapters.  
The organization of the book features four main component parts: (1) the inner cognitive world of the bilingual mind (2) bilingual language representation, and (3) bilingualism across the lifespan, and 4) bilingual cognitive and personality dimensions. Taken collectively, the included chapters provide a multidimensional and up-to-date perspective on bilingual studies, specifically concentrating on the cognitive and emotional dimensions of the individual. Chapter topics include:

  • Conceptual Metaphor Theory
  • Bilingual Figurative Language Processing
  • Aging in Bilinguals
  • Psychopathology in Bilinguals
  • Personality Traits in Bilinguals

Addressing the growing demand for bilingual research, this collection provides a timely and much needed perspective on the bilingual as an individual, exploring his/her internal world and a range of phenomena, including emotional word processing, personality traits, language effects on the mind, and cognitive effects of bilingualism. As such, it will appeal to a wide range of readers across various intellectual and professional arenas, including cognitive psychologists, personality psychologists, psycholinguists, educational psychologists and second language teachers, among others. 


Dissociated language disorders advantages of being bilingual bilingualism across the lifespan the cost of being bilingual bilingual language processing bilingual memory bilingual neuropsycholinguistics Conceptual Metaphor Theory bilingual language representation embodiment and language processing emotional word processing language and cognition personality traits and bilingualism second language acquisition

Editors and affiliations

  • Alfredo Ardila
    • 1
  • Anna B. Cieślicka
    • 2
  • Roberto R. Heredia
    • 3
  • Mónica Rosselli
    • 4
  1. 1.Communication Sciences and DisordersFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and CommunicationTexas A&M International UniversityLaredoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology and CommunicationTexas A&M International UniversityLaredoUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityDavieUSA

About the editors

Alfredo Ardila has received his PhD from the Moscow State University in the field of neuropsychology. Currently, he is Professor at the Florida International University. His primary research interests include brain organization of cognition, historical origin of human cognition, aphasia, and bilingualism. He has received several awards and honors, such as the Latin American award in neurosciences. 

Anna B. Cieślicka received her PhD from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland in the field of psycholinguistics. She is currently Associate Professor at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) and Director of the MS in Psychology Graduate Program. Her research focuses mainly on the psycholinguistics of second/foreign language acquisition and processing, bilingual lexicon, figurative language, and neuropsychology of bilingualism. She is recipient of TAMIU’s Teacher of the Year and Scholar of the Year Awards and Alpha Delta Kappa Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence in higher education. She is Cofounder and Coeditor of The Bilingual Mind and Brain Book Series, published by Springer.

Roberto R. Heredia is Regents Professor at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU); his research interests include bilingual lexical processes, evolutionary psychology, figurative language processes, sentence processing, the neuroscience of bilingualism and cognition, bilingual memory, and information processing. He is a former Chair of the Behavioral Sciences department at TAMIU. He is Cofounder and Coeditor of The Bilingual Mind and Brain Book Series, published by Springer.

Mónica Rosselli received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (Neuropsychology) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is currently Assistant Chair and Professor at the Department of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, and heads the Neuropsychology Laboratory at FAU. She is an investigator of the 1Florida Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC). Her research interests are in the areas of bilingualism, neuropsychological assessment, neurocognitive development, cross cultural neuropsychology and geriatric neuropsychology. 

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