As scientists unlock more of the neurological secrets of the bilingual brain, they're learning that speaking more than one language may have cognitive benefits that extend from childhood into old age.
Parlez vous francais? Sprechen Sie Deutsches? Hablas español? If so, and you also speak English (or any other language), your brain may have developed some distinct advantages over your monolingual peers. New research into the neurobiology of bilingualism has found that being fluent in two languages, particularly from early childhood, not only enhances a person’s ability to concentrate, but might also protect against the onset of dementia and other age-related cognitive decline. These discoveries are leading to:
A better understanding of how the brain organizes speech and communication tasks.Greater insight into how specific types of brain activity may prevent or delay dementia and other agerelated cognitive problems.More targeted and effective therapies for helping bilingual individuals recover their communication skills after a brain injury.