Evidence of cognitive process among interpreters?

by Translation Guy on May 12, 2009

What is the nature of the bimodal bilingual brain? That’s the question at The Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University, California. They are currently conducting research on the cognitive process of bilinguals who are working as interpreters.

As someone whose worked (and married) amongst these bilingual interpreter types for some two decades, I’ve sometimes come to question the very existence of “cognitive process.” Hopefully science will be able to settle this issue once and for all.

Below is a link that will allow interpreters to take a short online survey designed to provide new perspectives about the role of language direction in interpreters‘ work — specifically in experiences with interpreting between a native language and a target language.

Send an e-mail address to Brenda Nicodemus to receive the compiled results. All e-mail addresses and survey responses will remain completely anonymous.

Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, Web: http://emmoreylab.sdsu.edu


  1. Thanks much for this wonderful entry.

  2. Mike says:

    Took the survey!

  3. Anonymous says:

    bimodal bilingual brain, what!!?!

    • Ken says:

      Bimodal bilinguals are hearing individuals who know both a signed and a spoken language.

  4. Anonymous says:

    In which Language they think?

    • Ken says:

      Next question. What are they thinking?

  5. I love the image – it’s a little brain!

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