Payne, Joshua

Joshua Payne
Start date:
October 2013
Research Topic:
Language rehabilitation in Welsh-English bilinguals with brain damage
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr. Marie-Josèphe Tainturier, Dr. Paul Mullins
Supervising school:
Ysgol Seicoleg,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

The topic of bilingualism in Psychology has had a great deal of attention over the last 15-20 years and we have made great strides in our attempts to understand the bilingual brain. However, many questions remain to be answered. Given that approximately 50% of the world’s population are bilingual or multilingual, these questions are vital.

My research will focus primarily on assessing the effectiveness of current neuropsychological therapies for the rehabilitation of Welsh-English bilinguals who have brain damage. Bilingual aphasia is particularly challenge for practitioners and rehabilitation specialist and more research is required to explore the mechanisms/techniques that may improve the efficacy of treatments. I have a keen interest in non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) and how this might be used in conjunction with current treatments. I am interested in using advanced imaging methods (e.g., diffusion tensor imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy) to explore the mechanisms of NIBS and the impact of treatment to inform current models and improve understanding of their application.