Learning Language(s) can Slow Mental Decline

Source: NYTimes, Jul 2014

researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Northwestern University in Illinois hypothesized that language study should prove beneficial for older adults, noting that the cognitive tasks involved — including working memory, inductive reasoning, sound discrimination and task switching — map closely to the areas of the brain that are most associated with declines due to aging.

In other words, the things that make second-language acquisition so maddening for grown-ups are the very things that may make the effort so beneficial.

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