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Stacey Feehan is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.

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As wires and connections knit the world’s cultures closer and closer together, researchers in the Texas A&M language and cognition lab work to understand the growing population of multilingual speakers.

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As wires and connections knit the world’s cultures closer and closer together, researchers in the Texas A&M language and cognition lab work to understand the growing population of multilingual speakers.

Jyotsna Vaid, professor of psychology, arrived at Texas A&M in 1986 and established what is now the language and cognition lab to further linguistic research within the psychology department.

As the number of multilinguals increases globally, Vaid said the nature of language research must change along with it.

“The idea is to go beyond at looking at just English single-language users, which has tended to be the way in which psychology of language had been studied for a long time, until the last 15 years or so,” Vaid said. “There has become more of a global interest in looking at the variety of languages that are out there and the variety of language experiences that people have.”

Belem Lopez, a psychology graduate student working in the language and cognition lab, said while bilingualism research has often focused on comparing bilinguals and monolinguals, she is more interested in the differences between bilinguals themselves.

“Not all bilinguals are the same,” Lopez said. “A way to look at that would be through experience, and an experience I’m interested in is language brokering.”