Are Some Predisposed to An Increased Success of Bilingualism?

First Posted: Nov 28, 2014 11:37 AM EST

Some people are more likely than others to pick up new languages easier and faster. Recent findings published in the Journal of Neurolinguistics also show that anyone who works to pick up another language will gain essential cognitive skills.

In the study, researchers are working to understand how brain wiring relates to the development of second-language skills.

"We know that if the learning of a new language is successful, key brain regions responsible for handling languages will become activated. But we don't know how these different regions are connected with each other as a network," said said study co-author Ping Li, co-director of the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition at Pennsylvania State University, in a news release.

The research suggests that actually studying a new language for even a brief period can have enormous benefits on the brain.

"The results reviewed in this article are seen across groups of learners, so even learners who are not particularly talented may show these benefits as well," concluded Morgan-Short, who wasn't involved with the study.

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