Resting brain chatter predicts ability to learn second language

A second language is a skill that many strive to attain. Some find it much easier than others; new research shows that measurable connectivity between specific brain areas might predict your level of success.The activity of your brain at rest can predict your success at learning a second language. Learning your native language as a child is tricky enough, but learning a second is a labor of love. Once we have left the golden years of youth, learning new linguistic skills can be a hard-won battle. Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the normal resting activity of students’ brains before embarking on a French language course. The team, led by Xiaoqian Chai and Denise Klein, measured whether differences in connectivity predicted…


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