School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Thomas Bak

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0131 650 3441
S3 (7GS)


  • Cognitive Neuroscience (Year 2)
  • Disorders of Language Functions (MSc)
  • Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc in Integrative Neuroscience)
  • Dementia (for medical students)

Office hours:

Tuesday 3pm - 5pm

Research Interests

  1. The interaction between bilingualism and cognitive functions across the lifespan and in diseases such as stroke and dementia. Cognitive effects of language learning.
  2. Relationship between language, cognition and motor function. Embodied cognition. Cognitive & linguistic symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. MND, PSP, CBD, FTD, progressive aphasias).
  3. Crosscultural and crosslinguistic aspects of cognitive evaluation. Design and adaptation of cognitive and motor assessment to different languages and cultures.

Representative Publications

  1. Bak TH, Long MR, Vega-Mendoza M, Sorace A. (2016) Novelty, Challenge, and Practice: The Impact of Intensive Language Learning on Attentional Functions. PLoS One. Published on-line 27 April 2016.
  2. Bak TH, Nissan J, Allerhand M, Deary IJ (2014) Does Bilingualism Influence Cognitive Ageing? Annals of Neurology 75 (6): 959-63.
  3. Alladi S, Bak TH, Duggirala V, Surampudi B, Shailaja M, Shukla AK, Chaudhuri JD, Kaul S (2013). Bilingualism delays age at onset of dementia, independent of education and immigration status. Neurology 81 (22):1938-1944.
  4. Bak TH, Chandran S (2012) What wires together, fires together: Verbs, Actions and Neurodegeneration in Motor Neuron Disease. Cortex, 48, 9367-944.


Curriculum Vitae