Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Bilingualism May Save Brain Resources as You Age

Bilingualism May Save Brain Resources as You Age

People in countries that are divided into Territories where different languages are spoken, like Canada and Switzerland in particular, are somewhat more fortunate as they have to be fluent in two or three languages and this must be beneficial for the brain to retain.  It is a shame that bilingualism is not encouraged from an early age.

 
 Newswise — Montreal, January 9, 2017 – New research findings show that bilingual people are great at saving brain power, that is. To do a task, the brain recruits different networks, or the highways on which different types of information flow, depending on the task to be done. The team of Ana Inés Ansaldo, PhD, a researcher at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal and a professor at Université de Montréal, compared what are known as functional brain connections between seniors who are monolingual and seniors who are bilingual. Her team established that years of bilingualism change how the brain carries out tasks that require concentrating on one piece of information without becoming distracted by other information. This makes the brain more efficient and economical with its resources.
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