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Bilingualism Will Supercharge Your Baby’s Brain

According to Princeton Neuroscientist Sam Wang, co-author with Sandra Aamodt of Welcome to Your Child’s Brain, the benefits of bilingualism go far beyond the ability to order convincingly at Maxim’s in Paris, or to read Dostoevsky in the original. Bilingual toddlers have an improved ability to resolve “conflict cues.” In other words, their minds are more flexible – better able to unlearn previously learned rules in light of new, conflicting information.


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How a Baby’s Bilingual Brain Works Harder #BilingualPlus

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Research increasingly concludes that by raising your child to be bilingual, you’re helping to train his brain to perform better.

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The Benefits of Bilingualism: Part Two

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In our last blog post we talked about the many ways that bilingualism can benefit a person. As stated before, a person who is bilingual enjoys an extraordinary

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, October 28, 2013 1:32 AM

In our last blog post we talked about the many ways thatbilingualism can benefit a person. As stated before, a person who is bilingual enjoys an extraordinary amount of benefits. While learning a new language as an adult is entirely possible, multiple studies have proven that children have a much easier time both grasping and retaining new information, and a new language that is acquired at a young age will help this child become a unique individual with many advantages. As explained in the last blog post, those bilingual children experience many cognitive benefits, all of which carry over into their adult life. And so, how is a second language helpful to an adult in a professional setting?

Professional  Benefits:

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Having two maternal languages enhances linguistic skills

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Science has empirically shown the positive effects of bilingualism, such as the faster response to changes in cognitive tasks or the greater interconnection amongst various zones of the brain and even, it is currently being argued, the greater...

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:09 PM
Having two maternal languages enhances linguistic skills

Science has empirically shown the positive effects of bilingualism, such as the faster response to changes in cognitive tasks or the greater interconnection amongst various zones of the brain and even, it is currently being argued, the greater resistance of persons to neurodegenerative diseases who speak various languages.

Research undertaken to date along these lines, moreover, points to the fact that it is not the same acquiring two maternal languages simultaneously as learning a second language at 3 or 10 years old or older, even when fluency in this second language is equal to that of the first. Research in this field, although still not sufficiently mature, may affect public policies of education in a determinant manner, given that it will indicate the most suitable ages for teaching second and third languages.

Researchers based at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in the city of Donostia-San Sebastian have launched a number of independent research lines in this area and which, for the moment, enable us to say that early and simultaneous bilingualism improves certain language skills.

Over the past 5 years the BCBL has become an international reference in the study of multilingualism, a field making up one of its four principal research lines and involving educational neuroscience and the cognitive consequences of multilingualism.

Thanks to a fully-equipped array of research techniques, including all the best-known neuroimaging techniques, over its five years of existence the BCBL has taken its place amongst the most important research centres on the international research stage in terms of bilingualism, both for the level of its researchers as well as for the influence of its research work.

Amongst all these research projects on bilingualism in which BCBL researchers are involved, three, led by the Center’s French researcher and Ikerbasque researcher, Ms. Clara Martin, have employed behavioural and electrophysiological techniques and carried out precision measurements in milliseconds of the responses of the brain to applied stimuli. The conclusions from these research projects can provide us with clues as to what are the advantages of speaking two languages for children from when they are babies, without waiting for them to reach school age.

 
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The Benefits of Bilingualism

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Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain.

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Bilingüebabies's curator insight, April 16, 2013 2:41 AM

I hope my children thank me, I wish my great grandparents knew this!

Franchie Cappellini's comment, January 24, 2014 6:14 AM
I had no idea the lasting effects of bilingualism! I also think its so interesting how the view of bilinguals has changed over the years. From this article I can clearly see the benefits of raising your kid bilingually—they are more adept and aware of their environment.
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The Bilingual Advantage: How a Child’s Brain is Impacted by Knowing a Second Language

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Children who are raised bilingual develop language and cognitive skills differently, according to a new study carried out at York University in Toronto. The study showed that different factors are responsible for the language- and non-language-related outcomes of bilingualism seen in previous research.


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The Benefits of Bilingualism: Part Two

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Bilingualism may delay dementia - IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za

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London - Speaking a second language may delay dementia by up to five years – more than powerful drugs, researchers say.

A study suggests being bilingual exercises the mind, so it has greater reserves when disease takes hold.

But there are no additional advantages to speaking any more than two languages, according to the study in the journal Neurology.

It was carried out by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India.


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 21, 2013 7:01 AM

London - Speaking a second language may delay dementia by up to five years – more than powerful drugs, researchers say.

A study suggests being bilingual exercises the mind, so it has greater reserves when disease takes hold.

But there are no additional advantages to speaking any more than two languages, according to the study in the journal Neurology.

It was carried out by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India.

Leeza Trainor's curator insight, November 11, 2014 10:42 AM

Being able to speak more than one language increases the plasticity of your brain therefore delaying the onset of dementia! who wouldn't want that?

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Bilingualism Will Supercharge Your Baby's Brain

Bilingualism Will Supercharge Your Baby's Brain...

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