Bilingual Adults Have Sharper Brains, Study Suggests

Being able to speak two languages isn’t just useful for traveling to other countries — it could actually help keep your brain in tip-top shape in older age, a new study suggests.Researchers from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine found that senior adults who’ve been bilingual since they were children had better “cognitive flexibility” — being able to go along with a new or unexpected circumstance — than those who only knew how to speak one language. The findings are published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest “bilingual seniors use their brains more efficiently than monolingual seniors,” study researcher Brian T. Gold, Ph.D. said in a statement. “Together, these results suggest that lifelong bilingualism may exert its strongest benefits on the functioning of frontal brain regions in aging.” Read More…
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