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Reader in Human Cognitive Neuroscience, The University of Edinburgh

Research: language disorders, relationship between language, movement and cognition, cognitive effects of multilingualism and language learning, adaptation of cognitive tests to different languages and cultures; >100 papers, >8000 citations.

Public engagement: over 100 invited talks (given in 7 languages), press, radio and television interviews, public events (Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, European Researchers' Night, Brussels etc). Active blogger on and on Twitter: @thbaketal.

Teaching: Interdisciplinary teaching experience in psychology, medicine (neurology and psychiatry), neuroscience, cognitive sciences and neurolinguistics. Organisation of teaching courses in cognitive neurology in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

2010-2018 President of the Research Group on Aphasia, Dementia and Cognitive Disorders of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN RG ADCD); Program Director of Bilingualism Matters for "Bilingualism in later life, healthy ageing & dementia".


  • –present
    Reader in Human Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh


  • 1991 
    University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, Doctorate in Medicine (Neurology)