Annika Andersson

Annika Andersson

Associate professor
Department of Swedish Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Annika Andersson trained as a preschool teacher at Kristianstad University in 1986 and worked as a preschool teacher in Lund and Sydney (Australia) until 2001 when she moved to Eugene Oregon. At the University of Oregon she earned a BA in psychology (developmental psychology) and linguistics. This was followed by an MS and PhD in psychology in the field of cognitive neurology.

During her years as a preschool teacher and throughout her education, the focus has always been on second language learning. The big question has been what affects how well we can learn a first language and a second language. In her research, she partly uses proficiency tests but also electroencephalograms (EEG), the latter of the event-related potentials (ERP) type. With the help of ERP, she can measure millisecond by millisecond how the brain processes a language online while a language is being read or listened to.

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