Bilingual Brain May Be Better

Two youngsters practice ASL in PittsburghResearchers have reported that bilingualism may help the brain process information more rapidly and effectively. The reason may have to do with the brain’s increased demands to monitor the environment for the language spoken at any given moment. The Takeaway of WNYC-FM and Public Radio International reports:

Americans have long debated whether the U.S. should have an official state language. The issue has been back in the spotlight in recent days since Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum said, “There are other states with more than one language, like Hawaii, but to be a state of the United States, English must be the principal language.” However, recent studies show that switching between languages may actually make you smarter.

The Takeaway interviewed Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, a trilingual staff writer for the journal Science, and a regular contributor to The New York Times and Wired Magazine. Click here to hear the story. You also can read Mr. Bhattacharjee’s article, “Why Bilinguals Are Smarter” here.

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