Albert Costa Martínez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Born in 1970, I received my PhD in psychology in 1997 (Universitat de Barcelona). In 1998, I started my post-doctoral career at the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department at MIT, thanks to the funding from the Catalan Government. From 1999 to 2000, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Cognitive Neuropsychology laboratory at Harvard University with a Fulbright scholarship. In 2001, I moved to the Cognitive Neuroscience department at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste. From 2002 to 2005 I was a Ramón y Cajal research fellow at the UB, and in 2006 I became an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology of the same university. Since 2008 I am ICREA Research Professor, and currently a member of the Center for Brain and Cognition at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Research interests

I study the cognitive and neural underpinnings of language processing, and in particular how two languages are represented and processed in the brain. I seek answers to various questions related to bilingual language processing such as: What are the neural structures involved in the ability of bilinguals to keep two languages apart during speech production?, What are the effects of neurodegenerative diseases for the two languages of a bilingual?, Is there any linguistic cost and attentional advantage linked to bilingualism?, How learning a second language affects the first language processing? More recently, I have started working on how language context (foreign vs. native) can affect people’s preferences, judgments and decisions. I address these issues by conducting experiments using both experimental psychology techniques and brain imaging and electrophysiological techniques, exploring the performance of both brain-damaged individuals (Alzheimer and Parkinson) and healthy ones.

Selected publications

– Romero-Rivas C, Corey JD, Garcia X, Thierry G, Martin CD & Costa A 2016, ‘World knowledge and novel information integration during L2 speech comprehension’, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 31, 2, 206 – 216.

– Strijkers K & Costa A 2016, ‘The cortical dynamics of speaking: present shortcomings and future avenues’, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 31, 4, 484 – 503.

– Romero-Rivas C, Martin CD & Costa A 2016, ‘Foreign-accented speech modulates linguistic anticipatory processes’, Neuropsychologia85, 245-255.

– Branzi FM, Calabria M, Boscarino ML & Costa A 2016, ‘On the overlap between bilingual language control and domain-general executive control’, Acta Psychologica, 166, 21 – 30.

– Ivaz L, Costa A & Dunabeitia AJ 2016, ‘The Emotional Impact of Being Myself: Emotions and Foreign-Language Processing’, Journal Of Experimental Psychology-learning Memory And Cognition, 42, 3, 489 – 496.

– Foucart A, Romero-Rivas C, Gort LB & Costa A 2016, ‘Discourse comprehension in L2: Making sense of what is not explicitly said’, Brain and Language, 163, pp 32-41.

– Hayakawa S, Costa A, Foucart A & Keysar B 2016, ‘Using a foreign language changes our choices’, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 11, 791 – 793.

– Canini M, Della Rosa P, Catricalà E, Strijkers K, Branzi FM, Costa A & Jubin A, ‘Semantic interference and its control: a functional neuroimaging and connectivity study’, Human Brain Mapping, 37, 11, 4179 – 4196.

– Foucart A, Ruiz-Tada E & Costa A 2016, ‘Anticipation processes in L2 speech comprehension: Evidence from ERPs and lexical recognition task.’ Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 213-219.

Selected research activities

Associate editor: ‘Journal of Neurolinguistics’, ‘Language, Cognition and Neuroscience’

Editorial Board: ‘Psychological Science’, ‘Cognition’, ‘Journal of Experimental Psychology’, ‘Bilingualism’, ‘Acta Psychologica’