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Does literacy impact high-level cognitive functions?
Régine Kolinsky (Université Libre de Bruxelles – Belgium)
Moderadora: Rosângela Gabriel (UNISC)
Much work has examined the impact of literacy acquisition on oral language processing and conceptualization, on verbal memory, as well as on visual processing, including of non-linguistic stimuli. In all these domains, literacy has been shown to deeply impact processing and representations. Much less is known about the potential impact of literacy acquisition on higher-order processes, although it has been argued (e.g., Merlin Donald, Behav. Brain Sci., 2003) that it could affect executive functions, and in particular working memory, due to the need to manage multiple memory stores (internal and external: books, computers, etc.). I intend to discuss these ideas, drawing in particular on a series of new data on control and updating in verbal memory and on conflict monitoring and adjustments.
Régine Kolinsky is Doctor in Psychology, Research Director of the National Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium, and Head of the Research Unit in Cognitive Neurosciences at Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her main research themes are the cognitive and brain consequences of literacy and schooling, and the interactions between language and music. She published 5 books and about 200 articles and chapters of books, some in prestigious Journals like Science, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Brain, Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Cognition.