Bilinguals are smarter than you think

A first-of-its kind research reveals different parts of the brain are used when switching languages. The UAE is a melting point of cultures with people talking different languages. And it has become imperative to know at least two languages. But what happens in the brain when people switch between languages? Here in the national capital, two researchers at the Neuroscience of Language Lab at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU Abu Dhabi), are on a mission to figure out this, the first of its kind in cognitive study.They – Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, a PhD candidate in psychology at NYU and her advisor Liina Pylkkänen, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Psychology at NYU – have found that switching languages when speaking, and switching languages when listening, engages different parts of the brain.The…


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