Bilingualism Associated With Brain Reorganization Involving Better Efficiency in Executive Functions, Research Finds (Science News)
“Findings are very important because they show an unknown aspect of bilingualism, which goes beyond linguistic advantages, and they also show bilinguals are more effective in responding to certain stimuli,” explains researcher Cesar Avila, who ensures the research shows that bilingualism does not only have effects on the brain at a linguistic level, but that it also works differently, emphasizing the importance of introducing languages at an early age because it generates cognitive benefits.
Journal Reference: G. Garbin, A. Sanjuan, C. Forn, J.C. Bustamante, A. Rodriguez-Pujadas, V. Belloch, M. Hernandez, A. Costa, C. Ávila. Bridging language and attention: Brain basis of the impact of bilingualism on cognitive control. NeuroImage, 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.05.078
This study supports another one we commented on a few years ago on how Bilingual brains stay sharp longer:
“In short: learning and speaking a foreign language provides constant brain exercise to the frontal lobes, the area of the brain right behind your forehead that focuses our attention, helps us ignore distractions, and make decisions.”
This article on the benefits of knowing multiple languages really is very interesting. Learning a language is a great form of brain exercise. I have also read that women tend to pick up any language more easily than men.
Of course it does, because bilinguals who keep both of their known languages at top notch have to be able to translate back and forth between one language and another. That, and they can read in both languages which means they are able to understand the idioms and features each dialect has.
Just some thoughts on why this should have been fairly obvious. 😀