Current News

November: We have been busy communicating our novel research on Network Science with the public! Ph.D. Candidate, Mehrgol Tiv, and Lab Director, Dr. Debra Titone, shared the implications of this work with McGill Science Newsroom. We also spoke with the McGill Tribune newspaper on what makes Montréal a special place to study bilingualism, and our work was featured on CBC Radio

August 2020: New academic year, new papers! We have many exciting new publications in the lab: a review article on sleep-related novel word learning led by Pauline Palma, a research article on bilingualism and irony processing led by Mehrgol Tiv, and two (!) articles linking language entropy with cognitive control and language fluency led by Dr. Jason Gullifer. 

August 2020: A warm welcome to our new graduate student, Esteban Hernandez-Rivera! Learn more about Esteban and his research interests here.

July 2020: Congratulations to new Titone Lab postdoc, Dr. Anne Beatty-Martínez, on her recent publication in Frontiers, "Codeswitching: A Bilingual Toolkit for Opportunistic Speech Planning"!

April 2020: We are excited to share that our manuscript on using Network Analysis to quantify bilingual language use is now in press in the Journal of Neurolinguistics! Congratulations to co-authors Mehrgol Tiv, Jason Gullifer, Ruo Feng, and Debra Titone! Read the preprint here.

March 2020: The new normal - lab members join the weekly lab meeting online from all corners of the world during the coronavirus pandemic. Stay safe everyone! Stay jazzy!


March 2020: A warm welcome to Drs. Marco Senaldi and Anne-Beatty Martínez who have joined the lab as postdoctoral researchers! 

February 2020: Doctoral candidate, Mehrgol Tiv, presents her poster on how bilinguals mentalize at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in New Orleans!

February 2020: The Language and Multilingualism Lab warmly welcomes Dr. Jyotsna Vaid, who is visiting Montreal on a Fulbright Fellowship!

February 2020: Doctoral candidate, Mehrgol Tiv's, AAAS Science & Human Rights award-winning essay on how psychological research can contribute to the socially responsible development of artificial intelligence is published in Psychological Science Agenda, and promoted by the American Psychological Association. Congratulations, Mehrgol! Read the essay here.

February 2020: Lab director and co-founder of Women in Cognitive Science Canada (WiCSC), Dr. Debra Titone, contributes to an article in Psynopsis introducing the organization and reviewing their 2019 panel on de-mystifying skill development. Congratulations, Dr. Titone and colleagues! Read the article here.


January 2020: Doctoral student, Pauline Palma, posing with her recently published chapter, "Bilingual Lexical Access and Reading," (written with lab director, Dr. Debra Titone) in "Bilingual Lexical Ambiguity Resolution" edited by Drs. Heredia & Cieślicka! Congratulations to Pauline and Dr. Titone! Part of the chapter can be viewed here.

January 2020: Undergraduate research assistant, Ruo Feng, presents her poster on bilingual conversational topics at the ARIA poster session!

January 2020: Doctoral candidate, Naomi Vingron, delivers a talk at the Scene Grammar Lab at the University of Goethe in Frankfurt, Germany, directed by Dr. Melissa Lee-Hoa Vo. Way to go, Naomi!

November 2019: The lab represents Montreal's vibrant bilingualism research scene at the 60th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, featuring Dr. Judy Kroll as the keynote speaker.


August 2019: Language and Multilingualism alumna, Dr. Veronica Whitford, is appointed a Canada Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick! Congratulations Dr. Whitford!

August 2019: Graduate Students Naomi Vingron and Mehrgol Tiv pass their candidacy exams and become official doctoral candidates. Congratulations!

July 2019: Graduate Students Pauline Palma, Mehrgol Tiv, and Naomi Vingron present their research at the 2019 Cog Sci conference in Montreal.

June 2019: Graduate Student, Pauline Palma, and Debra Titone present their work at CSBBCS in Waterloo. 

June 2019: Postdoctoral student Jason Gullifer, and graduate student, Mehrgol Tiv, present their work on bilingual topic networks at the Social Network Analysis Sunbelt 2019 conference in Montreal.

May 2019: Lab director, Debra Titone, visits Dr. Ana Schwartz and her lab at the University of Texas at El Paso and presents some research on pragmatic aspects of bilingualism.

February 2019: The Titone lab bids postdoctoral student, Junyan Wei, a warm goodbye for now. We all hope to see her again soon!

December 2018: Celebrating the end of the semester with collaborators and new friends from Florida, Ethan Kutlu and Adriana Ojeda!

August 2018: Graduate students, Naomi Vingron, Mehrgol Tiv, and Pauline Palma present talks at the 37th meeting of the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) in Montreal.

August 2018: Graduate students, Mehrgol Tiv and Pauline Palma, and post doctoral students, Jason Gullifer and Junyan Wei, presented their cutting edge research at the 10th annual Society for the Neurobiology of Language conference in Quebec City!



July 2018: Debra Titone presents on the "two-body problem" at the annual WiCSC & CSBBCS meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland!


June 2018: Mehrgol Tiv represents the lab in Edmonton at the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology 


May 2018: Graduate students, Mehrgol Tiv and Naomi Vingron, chat with Dr. Patricia Kuhl following her keynote address at the annual CRBLM Scientific Day in Montreal. 


The lab will be busy this summer presenting exciting research at conferences around the world: International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, International Congress for Applied Psychology, CSBBCS, Society for Text and Discourse, Neurobiology of Language, and more! 


April 2018: A few stellar undergraduate poster presentations by Fiona Deodato and Nick Ferranti to wrap up the year!


News Archive

September 2017: Debra Titone, Mehrgol Tiv, and Naomi Vingron attended the European Conference on Eye Movements at Bergische Universität Wuppertal in Germany. Our graduate students had great presentations and Debra Titone presented the keynote lecture on 'Eye Movement Studies of Reading in Special Populations'.



June 2017: Debra Titone, WiCSC Co-Founder, has been selected to receive the 2017 Canadian Psychological Association Section for Women and Psychology Feminist Mentoring Award! She was nominated by her students for this well-deserved honour. Congratulations Deb, you make us proud!!


June 2017: Debra Titone and Mehrgol Tiv presented at the 2nd Annual Meeting for Women in Cognitive Science Canada during the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science conference at the University of Regina.


August 2015: Debra Titone, Veronica Whitford, and Gillian O’Driscoll present research at the European Conference on Eye Movements, in Vienna, Austria, and have the opportunity to visit the former home and office of Dr. Sigmund Freud, now a lovely museum.

May 2015: Our colleague Dr. Denise Klein spear-headed a highly successful meeting, Montreal Bilingual Brain Initiative Symposium: Multiple Perspectives on Bilingualism and the Brain, at the MNI.


April 2015: Honors student, Giselle Lehman, getting ready for Friday’s undergraduate poster session, and then Giselle in action on the big day!


March 2015: Lab attends one-day MEG crash course at the Montreal Neurological Institute.


January 2015: Special Issue on Formulaic Language, co-edited by Steffi Wulff & Debra Titone, in print at The Mental Lexicon.


November 19, 2014: Another stellar student defended her Ph.D. today - Dr. Veronica Whitford.



November 12, 2014: On the same day that a washing-machine-sized probe landed on a comet’s surface, Irina Pivneva defended her dissertation with great success! -- Congratulations Dr. Pivneva.


October 2014: CRLMB posts McGill Channels News entry on Shari Baum and Debra Titone’s keynote article, Bilingualism, Aging, Executive Control and Neuroplasticity published in Applied Psycholinguistics. See also mention in Psychology Today.


October 2014Dr. Agnieszka Lijewska follows an excellent talk on Multilingualism by treating lab members and McGill bilingualism researchers, Drs. Fred Genesee and Lydia White, to home-made pierogis.


September 2014: We welcome Dr. Agnieszka Lijewska (Assistant Professor, Department of Psycholinguistic Studies, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland), who will be visiting the lab between September and October to immerse herself in all things involving eye tracking, bilingual reading, and statistics.


September 2014Gillian O’Driscoll, Veronica Whitford, and Debra Titone present their research on reading in people with schizophrenia at a symposium in honour of Professor Philip Holzman at the Society for Research in Psychopathology meeting in Chicago, organized by Sohee Park and Deborah Levy. Many of Phil’s former students presented and were in attendance, and the great Martin Harrow was the discussant (the only psychologist we know who played Bobby Fischer at chess twice and didn’t lose!).


September 2014Shari Baum & Debra Titone write keynote article (with public commentary) on Bilingualism, Aging, Executive Control and Neuroplasticity published in Applied Psycholinguistics. 

May 2014: Dr. Georgie Columbus headed to Australia for new research position; Dr. Annie Gilbert in new postdoc “next door” at SCSD; Two new NSERC summer research students join the lab, Marion Coumel & Julia Hamill. Veronica Whitford & Irina Pivneva win Quebec Provincial Postdoctoral Fellowships (FQRNT & FRSQ, respectively).


April 2014: Debra Titone and other SZ researchers (Gina Kuperberg & Kim Mueser) mentioned in Nature Outlook piece on Language and Schizophrenia.

April 2014: Naveed Sheikh presents research at the “Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting”, Boston, MA.

March 2014: Through the CRBLM, we organized at McGill an Advanced Workshop on Linear Mixed Effects Models given by Professor Reinhold Kliegl, of the University of Potsdam, Germany.

February 2014: Veronica Whitford showcases her superb research and people skills while testing a challenging participant (photo credit to Dr. Georgie Columbus).

November 2013: Undergraduate researcher, Abigail Free, wins Award in Psychology for her research paper from our lab, at the Undergraduate Awards gala ceremony in Dublin, Ireland!

November 2013: Lab presents research at Annual Psychonomic Society Meeting in Toronto.


October 2013: Debra Titone hosts Dr. David Green (University College London), Department of Psychology Hebb Lecturer and CRBLM dataSTORM special guest.

October 2013: Veronica Whitford presents research at the “International Conference on Multilingualism”, Montreal, QC.

August 2013: Naveed Sheikh, Veronica Whitford & Georgie Columbus present research at “European Conference on Eye Movements 2013”, Lund, Sweeden.


June 2013: Debra Titone & Georgie Columbus present research at “International Cognitive Linguistics Meeting”, Edmonton, Alberta; Debra Titone organized a Theme Session with Professor Steffi Wulff (U Florida, Gainesville), “Bridging the methodological divide - cognitive linguistic and psycholinguistic approaches to formulaic language”.


May 2013: Irina Pivneva & Debra Titone present research at “Workshop on Bilingualism & Cognitive Control”, Krakow, Poland.

April 2013: Julie Mercier defends dissertation; lab + collaborators celebrate!


November 2012: Irina Pivneva wins best student presentation at Mental Lexicon meeting.


October 2012: Debra Titone, Veronica Whitford & other key volunteers organize CRBLM Workshop on “Bilingualism & Neurocognitive Change over the Lifespan”, featuring Dr. Judith Kroll (Penn State) as keynote speaker.


May 2012: Veronica Whitford wins a best poster award at CRBLM student scientific research day.


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