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“Why Bilinguals Are Smarter”

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 18, 2012 2 Comments

While I am generally averse to reading articles that begin by telling us about how we are all living in “an increasingly globalized world,” I thought this article I caught in the Sunday New York Times might be of interest to members of the FIT community:

…there is ample evidence that in a bilingual’s brain both language systems are active even when he is using only one language, thus creating situations in which one system obstructs the other. But this interference, researchers are finding out, isn’t so much a handicap as a blessing in disguise. It forces the brain to resolve internal conflict, giving the mind a workout that strengthens its cognitive muscles.

 

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2 Responses to ““Why Bilinguals Are Smarter””

  1. daveski on: 19 March 2012 at 8:59 am

    It’s great to see an article like this in the Sunday NYT. But part of me shudders when I read things like “the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function”. Somehow the whole social reality and politics of growing up bilingual–the good and the bad–seem trivialized by talking about “the bilingual experience” on one hand (the author writes this twice–what is the bilingual experience?) and then talking as if the only outcomes of “experience” are cognitive.

  2. Usree Bhattacharya on: 29 March 2012 at 9:35 am

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