Melodie Bellegarda

PhD students

I am currently finishing my PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Granada (funding provided by FPU grant). I have been involved with the Memory and Language Research Group at the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC) since 2019. During my PhD I have had the opportunity to complete two research stays at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and the Université de Lille (France). 

My PhD research focuses on vocabulary learning in a foreign language, specifically how multi-modal contexts (acoustic and visual modalities) can facilitate word acquisition by enriching the learning environment. What is the impact of environmental sounds on novel word recall and semantic integration? What are the shared neurocognitive traces related to novel word processing and congruent sound processing? These are a few of the overarching questions that encapsulate my PhD project. I use behavioral and EEG methods to explore these questions.

Other projects I have worked on include:

  • cognitive control in bilinguals
  • fast-mapping implicit word learning strategies
  • phonological adaptation during social interaction


Conference Presentations

Poster presentations
  • 2023. Bellegarda, M., Boddaert, G., Dufour, S., Knutsen, D., & Brunellière, A. Can social interaction give rise to the perception and production of a new phonemic contrast? A behavioral and EEG study in a French regional variety. XVI International Symposium of Psycholinguistics. 31 May – 2 June. Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain).
  • 2023. Bajo, T., Bellegarda, M., García-Gámez, A., López-Rojas, C., Macizo, P., Marful, A., Paolieri, D., Reyes, M., & Rivera, M. Building a multilingual brain: Research in acquisition of a second language and its cognitive implications. VI Investigation Symposium at the CIMCYC. 11 – 12 May. Granada (Spain).
  • 2022. Bellegarda, M., & Macizo, P. The impact of non-linguistic environmental sounds on novel word learning. 22nd conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP). 19 August – 1 September. Lille (France).
  • 2022. Bajo, T., Bellegarda, M., Iniesta, A., López-Rojas, C., Marful, A., Paolieri, D., Reyes, M., & Rivera, M. Divulgando desde la evidencia científica. V Investigation Symposium at the CIMCYC. 19 – 20 May. Granada (Spain). 
  • 2022. Bellegarda, M., & Macizo, P. Exploring cognitive control and bilingualism through behavioral and electrophysiological methods. 13th APPE-SEPEX Conference. 5 – 7 May. Faro (Portugal).
  • 2021. Bellegarda, M., Iniesta A., López-Rojas, C., Reyes, M., & Rivera, M. ¿Cómo conviven varios idiomas en el cerebro? Transfiriendo la investigación desde el laboratorio a la sociedad. IV Investigation Symposium at the CIMCYC. 20 – 21 May. Granada (Spain).
Oral presentations
  • 2021. Bellegarda, M., & Macizo, P. Do everyday sounds facilitate vocabulary learning? 1st Interuniversity Symposium (University of Granada and University of Malaga) for Psychology Doctoral Students. 5 – 6 June. Granada (Spain).
  • 2020. Bellegarda, M., & Macizo, P. New word learning with musical paradigms. Psychology Doctoral Program Talks. 28 October. Granada (Spain).


  • 2020 – Present. Member of Bilingualism Matters at Ugr, Spanish branch in Granada
    • Events included workshops with elementary students in Granada, open house days at the Mind, Brain, Behavioral and Research Center (CIMCYC), webinars for families of bilingual children, dissemination talks, dissemination videos for the BM Ugr Youtube channel (BilingualismMattersUgr), and updating our website:
  • 2020 – 2021. Participation in dissemination project titled «How do languages co-exist in the brain? Relaying evidence from the laboratory to our society» funded by Spanish Foundation of Science and Technology (FECYT) and the Ministry of Science and Innovation. (Grant: FCT19-15358) / University of Granada. Project head: Teresa Bajo.

Scientific responsabilities

  • Co-supervisor of theses (50 hours).
    • María Nazaret Aguilar Fernández, Bachelor’s in Speech Language Therapy (University of Granada). Thesis title: ¿Cómo aprender vocabulario en una lengua extranjera de manera exitosa? June, 2024