Speaking Two Languages Slows Down Brain Aging

June 2, 2014 2:12 PM

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As people age, brain health starts to deteriorate. Based on several studies, researchers have found that certain factors, such as diet and physical activity levels, can contribute to the speed of aging. In a new study, researchers examined the effects of speaking multiple languages and found that the brains of people who are bilingual tend to age at a much slower rate. The team added that learning a new language later in life can also help slow down aging.

"Our study is the first to examine whether learning a second language impacts cognitive performance later in life while controlling for childhood intelligence," study author Dr. Thomas Bak, from the Center for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, said according ...

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