21.07.2015

Mathilde Fort wins the Christian Benoît Award for research on bilingualism in children

Imatge del projecte InfEyMo Mathilde Fort, postdoctoral researcher of the Speech Acquisition and Perception Research Group (SAP) at the Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC) has won the 8 th edition of the Christian Benoît Award, organized by the International Speech Communication Association, the Association Francophone de la Communication Parlée and GIPSA-lab. 

The award will help her to carry out the project Infant learning from the Eyes and the Mouth of a talking face (InfEyMo), which will investigate how early bilingualism affects how children explore how people's faces while they are talking and study how they learn through facial movements. To solve these questions, Fort will perform various eye-tracking studies comparing children who grow up in monolingual versus bilingual environments.

The 7,500 euro prize is awarded every two years to promising young scientists in the field of speech and personal communication and is designed to carry out both basic and applied research projects. The jury is composed of international experts and representatives of institutions that support the distinction. The award ceremony will take place at the Interspeech 2015 Conference , which will be held from 6 to 10 September in Dresden.

Cutting-edge research in understanding the brain

Mathilde Fort al Centre de Recerca en Cognició i Cervell The Center for Brain and Cognition, linked to UPF's Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) works to understand how the mechanisms that regulate brain development interact with the effects of experience to produce the brain's structural and functional characteristics.

Its research lines, structured through six research groups headed by leading researchers, aim to clarify how specific biological mechanisms routinely help the emergence of the cognitive functions of the brain, with experience being one of the key aspects for its normal development.