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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:

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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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