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Speaking Another Language Makes Your Brain More Efficient

Monday, January 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
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By NYMag

Over the past several years, cognitive scientists and their kin have amassed a body of work around the “bilingual advantage.” Time and again, bilinguals do better on measures of “cognitive control” and “executive functioning” — the processes by which your brain sidesteps knee-jerk, automatic responses to stimuli — than their single-tongued peers.

With a recent paper in the Journal of Neurolinguistics, the neural mechanisms that underlie this advantage are coming to light. Basically, spending decades parsing different tongues trains the brain to be really awesome at cutting through distraction, and doing so in resource-efficient ways. Not only that, but this bilingual way of processing appears to be preserved in old age in a way that the monolingual isn’t.

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