Tag: neuroscience

Gestures Can Help Vocabulary Learning

Language educators may find that incorporating gestures or other types of movements in their vocabulary lessons improves learning outcomes, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The study, conducted by...

Learn a New Language to Boost Brain Activity

A new study, published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, shows that studying a new language boosts brain activity, which then reduces as language skills improve, so, if you want to keep your brain in...

What Language Does Pain Speak?

A new study suggests that the language a bilingual person speaks may affect their physical sensations, including pain. Researchers at the University of Miami tried to discover if the ways we express feelings, such as...
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Research Reveals Children’s Linguistic Superpower

Infants and young children have brains with a linguistic superpower, according to Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists, who found that unlike adults who use a specific areas in one or the other of their...
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Young Bilingual Brains May Age Better

Bilingual children and adolescents may grow up with more grey matter, according to a new study published in Brain Structure and Function, in which an international team of academics led by the UK’s University...

Language Pathway 20 Million Years Older than Previously Thought

Neuroscientists have discovered that the human language pathway in the brain is at least 25 million years old, pushing back its evolutionary origin by at least 20 million years. Previously, a precursor of the language...

Codeswitching Easier to Turn On

Research into the neurological activity required to switch between languages is providing new insights into the nature of bilingualism. “A remarkable feature of multilingual individuals is their ability to quickly and accurately switch back and...

Early Language Key to School Success

Kim Echart of the University of Washington News reports on a new study which shows that early use of words and grammar determine overall student success A new study indicates that children’s language skills...

You’re Never Too Old to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language

Monika Schmid, University of Essex A new study on second language learning has recently taken the British media by storm. A range of headlines – from the BBC to the Daily Mail and The Guardian...

Massive Study Confirms Teens’ Grammar Expertise

After years of research suggesting that the “critical period” to learn ends before the age of 10, an enormous new study of well over half a million learners suggests that children remain very skilled...
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