Julia Ouzia

Staff details

PositionTeaching Fellow
Department Psychology
Email j.ouzia (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 896 2798
Julia Ouzia

The main objective of my work is to understand the cognitive functioning of individuals who use two or more languages in everyday life. Specifically, my research efforts have previously focused on the impact of adverse emotional states and traits on cognition, spoken language comprehension in the presence of interference, probabilistic learning abilities, and metacognitive efficiency of bilingual individuals.

Research on bilingual cognition is becoming increasingly relevant for both practical and theoretical reasons. It is also currently subject to a heated debate within the scientific community. Studying this phenomenon is crucial for developing programmes of cultural integration and enhancements in our educational system, as well as understanding the cognitive aspects of second language acquisition.

From a methodological standpoint, I have been particularly interested in using multi-dimensional approaches involving a variety of psychometric and behavioural paradigms, as well as other research methods, such as eye tracking, in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the bilingual mind.


2016 – present  – Teaching Fellow – Goldsmiths, University of London

2013 – 2014 – Hourly Paid Lecturer – Anglia Ruskin University

2012 – 2016 – PhD Brain and Cognition – Anglia Ruskin University

2011 – 2012 – MSc Clinical Child Psychology – Anglia Ruskin University

2008 – 2011 – BSc (Hons) Psychology – Anglia Ruskin University


Teaching and Supervision

In the future, my main objective will be to assess bilingual cognition in light of theories within the field of cognitive psychology that have not yet been applied to this research context, such as Attentional Control Theory (Eysenck, Derakshan, Santos, & Calvos, 2007), which addresses the effect of adverse emotional states or traits on executive function, as well as Perceptual Load Theory (Lavie, 1995; 2006) which is concerned with explaining the mechanisms underlying auditory selective attention.

I teach on the following modules:

  • PS50008B – Psychology and Life
  • PS51008C – Design and Analysis of Psychological Investigations 
  • PS52007C – Research Methods in Psychology
  • BSc Psychology Tutorials (2nd Year)

I also supervise third year projects in the following areas:

  • Executive function
  • Selective attention
  • Probabilistic learning
  • Decision making
  • Metacognition
  • Metamemory
  • Cognitive consequences of anxiety/depression

My main area of expertise is bilingual cognition and, therefore, I am specifically interested in looking at these cognitive abilities in bilingual samples. I am also interested in looking at the relationship between second language proficiency and/or use and cognitive abilities.

I am interested in supervising new PhD students. Potential PhD students should see my research interests below. 

I am based in the Whitehead Building Room 302. To book an appointment, please visit http://doodle.com/juliaouzia

I am an honorary member of the Multilanguage & Cognition Lab at the UCL Institute of Education.


On the web

Research Interests

Research has shown that a bilingual’s two languages are simultaneously activated at all times, even in unilingual contexts. It has been suggested that this unique form of language processing requires the active suppression of one language over another and, in turn, leads to a bilingual advantage in executive function (when bilinguals are compared to their monolingual peers). However, in recent years, both research and theory have been heavily criticised and it remains uncertain under which conditions, if at all, this bilingual advantage manifests.

Over the past few years, my main research interest has been to move away from the established lines of research investigating bilinguals’ executive function abilities and to evaluate other aspects of bilingual cognition that may differ from monolingual cognition. For instance, my recent work has looked at metacognitive efficiency in bilingual individuals (Folke, Ouzia, Bright, De Martino, & Filippi, 2016) and findings suggested that bilinguals have a disadvantage when judging whether their performance on a cognitive task is correct or incorrect. I have also conducted research on bilingual cognition in the auditory domain (Ouzia & Filippi, 2016).


Book Section

The bilingual advantage in the auditory domain
Ouzia, Julia and Filippi, Roberto. 2016. The bilingual advantage in the auditory domain. In: J. W. Schwieter, ed. Cognitive Control and Consequences of Multilingualism. 2 Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 299-322. ISBN 9789027243737


A bilingual disadvantage in metacognitive processing
Folke, Tomas; Ouzia, Julia; Bright, Peter; De Martino, Benedetto and Filippi, Roberto. 2016. A bilingual disadvantage in metacognitive processing. Cognition, 150, pp. 119-132. ISSN 0010-0277