Selected Publications

Development and Learning

Kirby, A. L., Dahbi., M., Surrain, S., Rowe, M., & Luk, G. (Accepted) Music uses in preschool classrooms in the U.S.: A multiple methods study. Early Childhood Education Journal.

Mancilla-Martinez, J., Oh, M.*, Luk, G., & Rollins, A. (Accepted). Language and special education status: 2009-2019 Tennessee trends. Educational Researcher.

Leon Gurrero, S., Whitford, V., Mesite, L. & Luk, G. (2021). Text complexity modulates cross-linguistic sentence integration in L2 reading. Frontiers in Communication.

Macdonald, D., Luk, G., Quintin, E.-M. (2021). Early reading comprehension intervention for preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hyperlexia. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Partika, A., Johnson, A. D., Phillips, D. A., Luk, G., Derricks, A. & The Tulsa SEED Study Team (2021). Dual language supports for dual language learners? Exploring preschool classroom instructional supports for DLLs’ early learning outcomes. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 56, 124-138.

Macdonald, D., Luk, G., Quintin, E.-M. (2021). Early word reading and preschoolers with ASD, both with and without Hyperlexia, Compared to Typically Developing Preschoolers. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51, 1598-1612.

Smith, S. A., Leon Guerrero, S., Surrain, S., Luk, G. (2020). Phonetic discrimination, phonogical awareness, and pre-literacy skills in Spanish-English dual language preschoolers. Journal of Child Language.

Reilly, S., Johnson, A., Luk, G. & Partika, A. (2019). Head Start classroom features and language and literacy growth among children with diverse language backgrounds. Early Education and Development.

Yamasaki, B. & Luk, G. (2018). Eligibility of special education in elementary school: The role of diverse language experiences. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 49(4), 889–901.

Neural consequences of Bilingualism

Luk, G., & Rothman, J. (2022). Experience-based individual differences modulate language, mind and brain outcomes in multilinguals. Brain and Language, 228, 105107.

Luk, G., Mesite, L., & Leon Guerrero, S. (2020). Onset age of second language acquisition and fractional anisotropy variation in multilingual young adults. Journal of Neurolinguistics.

Luk, G., Pliatsikas, C., & Rossi, E. (2020). Brain changes associated with language development and learning: A primer on methodology and applications. System, 89.

Anderson, J. A., Chung, A. F.-Y., Bellana, B., Luk, G., & Bialystok, E. (2018). Language and cognitive networks in bilinguals and monolinguals. Neuropsychologia, 117, 352-363. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.06.023

Luk, G. & Pliatsikas, C. (2016). Converging diversity to unity: Commentary on the neuroanatomy of bilingualism. Language, Cognition, & Neuroscience, 31, 349-352.

Pliatsikas, C., & Luk, G. (2016). Executive control in bilinguals: A concise review on fMRI studies. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 699-705.DOI:

Characterizing Bilingual Experience

Luk, G., & Grundy, J. G. (2022). The importance of recognizing social contexts in research on bilingualism. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1–3.

Whitford, V., & Luk, G. (2019). Comparing executive functions in monolinguals and bilinguals: Considerations on participant characteristics and statistical assumptions in current research. In I. Sekerina, V. Valian, & L. Spradlin (eds.) Bilingualism, Executive Function, and Beyond: Questions and Insights, pp. 67-79. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Byers-Heinlein, K., Esposito, A. G., Winsler, A., Marian, V., Castro, D. C., & Luk, G. (2019). The case for measuring and reporting bilingualism in developmental research. Collabra: Psychology, 5(1): 37. DOI:

Surrain, S. & Luk, G. (2019). Describing bilinguals: A systematic review of labels and descriptors used in the literature between 2005-2015. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 22, 401-415. DOI:

For a list of complete publications, please visit Gigi Luk’s ORCID page here.

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