[Edling] Study: learning second language boosts thinking skills

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Fri Jan 16 17:03:11 UTC 2015

Herald Scotland

Study: learning second language boosts thinking skills

Researchers compared 200 modern languages and humanities students to assess the impact of learning a second language.

They looked at different aspects of mental alertness such as concentrating on certain sounds, switching between counting upwards and downwards, as well as the ability to produce different words.

The Edinburgh University researchers compared the results of first-year students - who had just started to learn a language - with those of fourth-year students who had reached a high level of proficiency.

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