Studying a New Language Helps Boost Memory and Brain Power
Say “Bonjour” to improved memory. We all could use a little help in the memory department, even if we are several years from getting our senior citizen discount. While many suggest to do crosswords and math puzzles to help improve the memory, learning a new language can also help.
One Swedish research team analyzed volunteers who took a ten-month language course. Overall, the group remembered new acquaintances’ names 28 percent better after taking the language course. The research also went on to say that studying a different language showed more growth in four key areas of the brain, which are directly related to memory. Some other interesting facts about learning a new language is that it can help individuals recall words and places.
Best of all, learning a new language can stimulate the brain, which in turn makes the brain grow. The scary cause behind Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is that the brain starts to shrink. Learning and studying a new language can combat that effect. Learning a new language can also help improve short term and long term memory, which is highly beneficial in every day life and in work related matters.
Another thing research found was that those who were bilingual had fitter and more flexible brains. The researchers also studied the brain development of medical students compared to linguist students. Even though the med students study incredibly hard and learn new facts, their brains remained unchanged compared to the students who learned new languages.
So the next time you want to boost your memory, try studying a few words and phrases from a new to you language. You don’t need to become a pro at speaking a new language, just as long as you are learning something. You don’t have to make it a chore either. Why not learn alongside with your kids with fun educational videos, audio tapes/CDs for the car, or interactive computer games that teach languages.
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