Learning two languages slows ageing of brain2nd 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.
The study is published in the Annals of Neurology.
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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Title: Learning two languages slows ageing of brain
Author: Dan Boyle
Article Id: 25605
Date Added: 2nd Jun 2014