Candice Frances

Elisa Ruiz Tada
Master Student

I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from New College of Florida (USA). For my bachelor thesis I studied bilinguals and how switching languages affects their working memory. After graduating, I worked as a lab technician for a year doing research mostly on marine mammal cognition. 

For my master thesis in the Brain and Cognition program at UPF, I am focusing on how accents affect the way we process information. Accents provide a lot of information about a person: country or region of origin, possible social status, evokes stereotypes we have of different groups, and so on. This is the case not only with non-native accents (e.g. someone from Germany speaking Spanish) but also with native accents that are foreign (an Argentinean speaking Spanish in Spain). My research focuses on the latter: how do we process foreign-native accented speech? Do we remember it the same[KM1]  as our native accent? Do we believe it the same? Does our brain respond the same way to a foreign accent as when we hear our own accent?

My research interests focus mostly on how language mediates other cognitive processes, especially as it relates to bilinguals and intercultural interactions. As a person who split her childhood between Argentina and the US and is now living in Spain, these topics relate very closely to my own experiences.


Frances C, Costa A, Baus C. On the effects of regional accents on memory and credibility. Psychonomic Bulletin Review. Submitted.