Bilingualism: Consequences for Mind and Brain

By Ellen Bialystok, York University, Fergus I.M. Craik, Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest, and Gigi Luk, Harvard Graduate School of Education
 
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The article talks about how knowing two or more languages affects how our brain works. It says that being bilingual can help older people keep their brains healthy and avoid memory problems like dementia for longer. The research also shows that bilingual people are better at solving problems and understanding language rules. However, speaking two languages might make each language a bit weaker. Bilinguals are better at controlling their attention and making decisions, which is important for thinking. The article explains that being bilingual changes how our brain works, making us better at certain tasks. It also talks about how bilingual people’s brains look different when they do certain activities compared to those who only speak one language. Overall, being bilingual seems to have many benefits for our brains, even though some people used to think it was a bad thing.
 

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