Study Information

Thank you for your interest in this study!  This page will tell you more about what the study involves and contact information.

Purpose of the BiTBI project: We are interested in investigating the impact of brain injury on bilingual cognition and language.  Individuals with a history of brain injury/concussions may show difficulties in certain cognitive abilities, such as attention and memory.  These cognitive difficulties can affect performance in social, academic, and work environments. It is possible that these impairments cause additional problems for bilingual individuals because the ability to communicate effectively in two languages places constant demands on attention and memory.  When speaking in one language, bilinguals must retrieve words from only the relevant language and must suppress words from the other language. To date, there is almost no data on how traumatic brain injury/concussions affect cognitive abilities in bilingual speakers.

What is involved: In this study, we are using various cognitive assessments and tasks that test memory, reasoning, and language abilities.  We are recruiting adults with a history of traumatic brain injury/concussion who speak English and at least one other language.  We are also recruiting adults who speak two languages and do not have a history of traumatic brain injury.