Learning Languages Grows Your Brain!
It's a scientific fact ...
Posted on: 06/06/2014 By: Global LTS
Language and brain development are closely linked. Some studies suggest that babies who are exposed to more than one language in the first weeks and months of their life develop traits that allow them to learn faster. Their brain is more developed as it copes with two language systems simultaneously and this is believed to lead to better learning processes being developed in a brain ...
According to scientists, the more languages you learn the bigger your brain gets!
There are many studies and experiments done by scientists as it is fascinating how language shapes who we are. One of the experiments has actually confirmed that learning foreign languages literally grows your brain! It was a study done with the help of the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy in Uppsala. You can find more info and full bibliographic information in this press release.
In short, the experiment is based on individuals who learned Arabic, Russian, or Dari to a very high level in just 13 months. Their brains were monitored before and after the course. At the beginning of their study, they had no knowledge of these languages at all and they had their brains MRI scanned to record the size and the development of their brains.
After 13 months of intensive language studying, where they learned from morning till night, seven days a week, these individuals were fluent in their chosen languages. At the end of the process, their brains were scanned again and it was noticed that some parts have grown compared to the scan done at the beginning of the course. They included the part of the brain responsible for acquiring new information - the hippocampus - and three other areas in the cerebral cortex.
The most amazing part is that learning a new language had a different effect than studying other subjects. The experiment had a control group composed of medicine and cognitive science students at Umea University. These students acquired huge volumes of information in the same time period but did not study languages at all. Even though the control group has worked very hard as well, the scientists did not notice any brain growth for these individuals.
This fascinating study shows how important and valuable language study is. It also leads to the question of how big the brains of Global LTS translators are as some of them can translate technical texts in five or even six languages!
However, if you aren't able to spend 13 months studying a new language, but still want to communicate with overseas markets, call us on +44 (0) 8454 744725 or click here to ping over an email because our big-brained translators will be delighted to translate your documents!
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