The majority of the world is either bilingual or multilingual. Technology advances are allowing researchers to investigate deeper how bilingualism interacts with and changes the cognitive and neurological systems. Research is suggesting that bilingualism people perform better on tasks that require conflict, have improved cognitive and sensory processing, and the earlier one begins to learn a second language the more beneficial the neurological results. What role does bilingualism play in learning? What are the benefits socially? Can we catch up? Join us for this discussion tonight.
Some pre-reading from the popular press, intended as food for thought:
- Time: “How the Brain Benefits from Being Bilingual“
- The DANA Foundation: “The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual“
- The New York Times: “Why Bilinguals are Smarter”
#lrnchat happens Thursdays at 8:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM PT (that’s Friday mornings in Oz!). We hope to see you there!