The Memolingua project aims to study the impact of multilingualism on the brain's cognitive reserves
The Luxembourg Institute of Health wants to hear from people aged over 64 who use two to three different languages daily for an ongoing study.
The Memolingua project aims to study the impact of multilingualism on the brain, specifically on cognitive reserves. Researchers will examine which cerebral mechanisms are employed by people who use two to three languages on a daily basis, as well as which parts of the brain are used. Information will be gathered via a questionnaire and cerebral imaging sessions.
The team is calling for volunteers to get on board before the end of 2017.
“A number of volunteers speaking five to six languages have already participated in the study, it is exceptional and we thank them for their contribution. To have an optimal understanding of how daily habits impact cerebral functions, it is also essential to include in the study people speaking maximum three languages in their daily lives,” Dr Magali Perquin of LIH said in a press release.
The Memolingua project was launched in July 2016 by Dr Perquin and CHL neurologist Professor Nico Diederich. The team is working in collaboration with professors at the University of Cologne and the Forschungszentrum Jülich, a cerebral imaging centre.
To participate in the study, contact Dr Perquin by calling 26 97 07 44 or Ms Caldarelli on 26 97 07 74.