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Learning two languages slows ageing of brain

2nd June 2014

Learning a second language can have a positive impact on reading, and verbal fluency in older adults, says study undertaken by University of Edinburgh.

Dementia brain activityThe study is published in the Annals of Neurology.

The study

Research was conducted on 262 people aged either 11 or in their seventies.

The findings indicated that those who spoke two or more languages had significantly better cognitive abilities to those who did not.

The strongest effects were noted in general intelligence and reading.

A spokesperson from the University said that they found "meaningful" patterns and that "these findings are of considerable practical relevance".

There will be further research into whether it is the understanding of other languages or the practiced use of it that constituted in the difference of cognitive ability.

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