Learning a Language makes your brain Bigger

Hi guys,


today I’d like to share with you what i discover in my readings in the Neuroimage journal. As you all know, here at 12speak! we are truly passionate about language learning and we keep ourselves posted on the latest researches. The one I am going to illustrate is particularly important and helpful.

We’ve explained many times why motivation is a core part of the language learning process and the results of this study can give you one more reason for starting to learn a new language.

The study has been conducted for Lund University, Sweden. The researchers compared the brais of students from the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy, who become fluent in a new language in 3 months, to science students at Umeå University, who are normally studying very hard.

Results showed that the brains of the science students did not experience any significant change, while the ones of the language students experienced growth in certain areas of the cerebral cortex, which is related to language, and of the hippocampus, which is the part that serves learning and memorizing new information.

If you are curious and you want to know more, you can read the whole study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22750568







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