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Study: Mastering a new language can promote neural flexibility and increase learning speed

language learningEEG record­ings prove learn­ing for­eign lan­guages can sharp­en our minds (Sci­ence Dai­ly):

Sci­en­tists from the High­er School of Eco­nom­ics (HSE) togeth­er with col­leagues from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Helsin­ki have dis­cov­ered that learn­ing for­eign lan­guages enhances the our brain’s elas­tic­i­ty and its abil­i­ty to code infor­ma­tion Read the rest of this entry »

Research trend: The brain benefits of learning and speaking a second language

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What hap­pens in the brain when you learn a lan­guage? (The Guardian):

Learn­ing a for­eign lan­guage can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered when they used brain scans to mon­i­tor what hap­pens when some­one learns a sec­ond lan­guage. The study is part of Read the rest of this entry »

Learning a second language, at any age, leads to better cognitive abilities

HolaLearn­ing sec­ond lan­guage ‘slows brain age­ing’ (BBC):

Learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage can have a pos­i­tive effect on the brain, even if it is tak­en up in adult­hood, a Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh study suggests…Using data from intel­li­gence tests on 262 Edin­burgh-born indi­vid­u­als at the age of 11, the study looked at how their cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties had changed when they were test­ed again in their sev­en­ties Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Let’s debunk 32 neuromyths…do we only use 10% of our brain?

Time for Sharp­Brains’ Novem­ber 2012 eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing lat­est sci­ence, tools and think­ing to upgrade brain health. Before we start, do you believe these 32 neu­romyths? Do we only use 10% of our brain?

New Sci­ence:

New Tools:

New Think­ing:

Final­ly, a request to  reporters, ana­lysts and blog­gers read­ing this. As we’re prepar­ing to release a major mar­ket report, we’d like to ensure you are in our Media List. If you’re inter­ested in brain health & inno­va­tion and want to be noti­fied as soon as the report becomes avail­able, please Fill This Form and let us know a bit about the publication/s you are writ­ing for. Thank you!

The Cognitive and Brain Fitness Benefits of Being Bilingual

The Cog­ni­tive Ben­e­fits of Being Bilin­gual (Cere­brum):

Today, more of the world’s pop­u­la­tion is bilin­gual or mul­ti­lin­gual than mono­lin­gual. In addi­tion to facil­i­tat­ing cross-cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion, this trend also pos­i­tive­ly affects cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. Researchers have shown that the bilin­gual brain can have bet­ter atten­tion and task-switch­ing capac­i­ties than the mono­lin­gual brain, thanks to Read the rest of this entry »

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