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Bilinguals Increase Their Mental Flexibility, Study Finds

September 18, 2013

People who are bilingual, or speak two languages, likely have more mental flexibility than those who speak just one language, according to a new study. Researchers from Penn State University found that bilingual people have both languages active at all times and process both languages simultaneously. As a result, they are able to alternate between them without interruption. "In the past, bilinguals were looked down upon," said Judith Kroll, professor of psychology, linguistics and women's studies, in a university news release. "Not only is bilingualism not bad for you, it may be really good. When you're switching languages all the time, it strengthens your mental muscle, and your executive function becomes enhanced." To read more, click here

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