Computer programming languages and the brain

I am looking for volunteers to take part in a research study which aims to find out how learning computer programming affects the brain in the same way that being bilingual does.

I would like to recruit three groups of programmers:
• 8 – 12 year olds (who have been learning to programme for a few months)
• 14 – 17 year olds (who have been programming regularly for at least one year)
• 21 – 25 year old professional programmers

Please note: Unfortunately, if you are bilingual – in that you speak two or more languages most days, for example, a different language at home than at school or work – you can’t take part in the study. This is because we already know that the effect we are looking for is found in bilinguals.

If you would like to take part, please make sure that you have read the information about the study and then fill in this form. If you are aged under 18, you must get permission from a parent or guardian before filling in this form.

The information you give will be confidential. Your name will never be connected to your results or to your responses on this form. Information that would make it possible to identify you will never be included in any sort of report. You can change your mind about taking part at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Thank you.