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Elizabeth Koh

Languages smarten up your brain - Guardian Weekly - 7 views

  • a study of recent research into brain function reveals that students could be gaining a lot more from their pursuit of linguistic skills
  • It argues that there is a dovetailing of results between studies conducted over the last 40 years, including recent findings from the neurosciences
  • six areas in which the multilingual mind differs in some way to the monolingual mind
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  • enhanced capacity for learning whereby knowledge of languages can lead to superior memory function, especially short-term “working” memory
  • enhanced mental flexibility
  • Enhanced problem-solving capability
  • Greater understanding of how language functions and is used to achieve specific goals in life
  • slowdown of age-related mental diminishment
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