Thomas Bak


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room S3, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


  • I am happy to arrange personal meetings any time during the term. Please e-mail me on to arrange a convenient day and time.


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.



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Undergraduate teaching

  • 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

Current PhD students supervised


Current research interests

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