More evidence: Learning a second language may reduce the risk of dementia

3 Jun

The BBC is reporting:

“Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.”

Unfortunately, the link to the original paper is not working. I will try to track it down and post it or its abstract.

Here is the abstract from another paper by the same research team. From its conclusion;

“This is the largest study so far documenting a delayed onset of dementia in bilingual patients and the first one to show it separately in different dementia subtypes. It is the first study reporting a bilingual advantage in those who are illiterate, suggesting that education is not a sufficient explanation for the observed difference. The findings are interpreted in the context of the bilingual advantages in attention and executive functions.”


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