Tutorial 1: OpenSesame

As part of a three-part tutorial series on online research, Björn Lundquist gave a useful introduction to OpenSesame. It was great to see so many people attend, and thank you to Björn for doing this!



HeLPiNG reading group discussions

This week we discussed Leivada, Westergaard, Duñabeitia and Rothman’s article: On the phantom-like appearance of bilingualism effects on neurocognition: (How) should we proceed? where we had some really interesting discussions!

HeLPiNG reading group continues!

We are continuing to have great conversations by using digital platforms for our reading group. Each week a member of the group presents a selected paper, followed by discussions. Sometimes the debates can get heated, which makes the discussions even more fruitful! Here are some pictures from group meetings led by Nadine Kolb and Sergio Soares.



Online research discussion

Thanks to Björn Lundquist and Myrte Vos for leading a general discussion meeting about online research. With the corona situation changing the way we all work, we are starting to discuss options to carry on our research using online research methods. We are continuing to have these meetings to update and support each other.

Zoom with the family!

Several “academic generations” of my (Jason’s) PhD students and post docs, getting together for a family gathering this Friday.  Across 6 different countries and 4 time zones, COVID-19 cannot stop us.  I love each of you (and of course those who were not present on Zoom)!


Brainstorms Digital Edition

On 16th April, our colleague Maki Kubota gave a guest talk at The Brainstorms‘ first digital edition. Maki talked about how becoming bilingual can affect our brains and our executive functions. More than 80 people tuned in, and there were great discussions with interesting questions in the Q&A after. Did you miss it? Don’t worry, follow this link to the Facebook recording. Way to go, Maki!

Keeping in touch!

Since the corona virus has meant that we’ve all been working from home for the past month, we’ve been continuing to meet, discuss and make each other smile through our weekly Zoom meetings. The PoLaR lab is still live and kicking!

Keep on smiling!

Whilst the corona virus has impacted our daily lives immensely, at the PoLaR lab we’re still meeting up, but digitally via Zoom! We’re continuing to work together and have our meetings, and as you can see we’re remembering to do one of the most important things during these trying times: make each other smile!

New MSCA Post-doctoral research projects

Two MSCA grants have been awarded! A huge congratulations to Nadine Kolb for her project INPUT, and Khadij Gharibi on her project CLICK. You can read more about their projects by clicking on Funded Projects.



A visit from the Turkish Ambassador

On Monday 27th January the Turkish Ambassador to Norway Mr. Fazlı Çorman came to visit us in the lab. We talked about the research we do in the lab and especially the projects on Turkish as a heritage language and the psycholinguistic methods used in our group, the importance of home language development and maintenance as well as the advantages of growing up as bi-/multilingual. Pictured below with Mr. Fazlı Çorman: Fatih Bayram and Zeynep Sancak Sert


Wanting to join the team?

We’re hiring! A 3-year postdoctor research position in the psycholinguistics of Heritage Language Bilingualism is available at UiT, affiliated with the PoLaR lab and connected to the large research project HeLPiNG (Heritage-Bilingual Linguistic Proficiency in the Native Grammar). For more information and how to apply, click on the logo:


Lava becomes AcqVa Aurora!

In December it was announced that the application to become an Aurora Center was granted! To read more about this fantastic news, click on the logo:


On November 13 – 15 we had EEG training with Lassi Juottonen from Brain Products. It was a great opportunity to get to know the products, and the people from CliniLab.







On November 1 our two new Post-docs Maki Kubota and Zoe Schlüter began working at the lab. Welcome to the team, guys!

New book coming out in October: Third Language Acquisition and Linguistic Transfer by Jason Rothman, Jorge González Alonso and Eloi Puig-Mayenco.


On September 2-3, we hosted the workshop Capturing and Quantifying Individual Differences in Bilingualism.