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Secret to slowing brain aging? Learn two languages

Jonathan Marker | Science Recorder | June 02, 2014

Secret to slowing brain aging? Learn two languages

The study findings indicate that those who spoke two or more languages had superior cognitive abilities compared to what would be expected from their baseline.

According to a new study appearing in the Annals of Neurology, researchers found that speaking two or more languages has a positive effect on cognitive functioning later on in a person’s life, possibly slowing down cognitive decline due to aging.  Although previous research has investigated the cognitive effect of learning more than one language, ruling out “reverse causality” has proven to be complicated.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.  Memory loss is an example.  Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.

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