ICREA Research Professor
Head of SPB Research group

Albert Costa is an ICREA Research Professor in the Center of Brain and Cognition at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

Dr. Costa obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology at Universitat de Barcelona. In 1998, he started a post-doctoral career at the "Brain and Cognitive Sciences department" at MIT, funded by the Catalan Government. From 1999 to 2000 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the "Cognitive Neuropsychology laboratory" at Harvard University with a "Fulbright scholarship". In 2001, he moved to the Cognitive Neuroscience department at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste. From 2002 to 2005 he was a "Ramon y Cajal" fellow at Universitat de Barcelona and in 2006 he became an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology of the same university. Since 2008 he is an ICREA Research Professor at the Center of Brain and Cognition within Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Dr. Costa's research focuses on the cognitive and neural underpinnings of language processing. In this broad context, he is particularly interested in understanding how two languages are represented and processed by the same brain.

Therefore, he seeks answers to various questions related to bilingual language processing such as: what are the neural structures involved in the ability of bilinguals to keep their two languages apart during speech production? What are the effects of neurodegenerative diseases for the two languages of a bilingual? Is there any linguistic cost and attentional advantage linked to bilingualism? How does learning a second language affect linguistic processing in the first language? Dr. Costa addresses these issues by conducting experiments using both classic experimental psychology techniques and brain imaging and electrophysiological techniques, exploring the performance of both brain-damage individuals (patients with stroke and Alzheimer's disease) and healthy individuals.

Research Group: SPB - Speech Production and Bilingualism Group

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