Christos Pliatsikas

Associate Professor
School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

About me

I completed my studies in Psychology at Pantion University (Athens, Greece) (2003), followed by an MSc in Clinical Neurosciences at UCL (2005), and my PhD in Grammatical Processing in Second Language Learners at the University of Reading (2010). In 2010 I joined the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN, University of Reading) as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. After that, I took a Research Fellow position at the University of Birmingham (2011), and I subsequently returned to the CINN in the role of the MRI Operations Manager (2012). In 2013 I joined the School of Psychology at the University of Kent as a Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, and in August 2015 I returned to the University of Reading as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Psycholinguistics in Bi-/Multilinguals at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, where I am an Associate Professor since August 2018. Since August 2019, I am the Chair of the International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB).

My research background is in the fields of Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, with a focus on bilingual acquisition and processing. My research focuses on experience-based neuroplasticity, with a primary interest on the effects of bi-/multilingualism on brain structure and function, investigated with behavioural and MRI (functional and structural) methods. My research has shown how learning and using additional languages affects the structure and function of the brain, as well as cognition. Moreover, it appears that these effects are modulated by the individual experiences of the bilingual, including when the additional languages were acquired and how often they are used. Several projects form my lab have shown that the effects of bilingualism actually interact with typical brain development and ageing, and that they have implications for age- or disease- related brain decline, including in diseases such multiple sclerosis.

CINN research I am involved with