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June 16, 2004

Stay Young - Be Bilingual

Research has shown that being bilingual may help counter the effects of aging on the brain. Results of a study published this month in the journal Psycology and Aging indicate that using two languages on a daily basis can help maintain what is called "fluid intelligence." This is the ability to keep one's attention on a task, and is one of the first aspects of brain function to deteriorate as people get older. But the study showed that people who had been bilingual since they were 10 years old - regardless of age - were better able to stay focused on a test activity and to manage attention, while ignoring irrelevant information, than those who were monolingual.
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