Your brain processes information faster if you know more than one language
by gaby on September 6, 2016 - 10:05am
Scientists have to understand how the brain’s neuron network works in order to speed them up and improve one’s learning process. However, the issue that they face is that they do not know the brain reacts to acquiring language and processing data and information in the learning process. Scientists from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) studied the case of twenty-two human subjects, focusing on their brain’s electrical activity in reaction to words in different languages (known and/or foreign). After their experiments, they have come to the conclusion that one’s neuron network encodes information about new words faster if one masters more than one language. In other words, the speed at which the brain processes information would depend on the subject’s linguistic background.
The subjects of the experiment listened to recordings of different words in different languages with electrodes placed on their heads.
Changes in the brain’s activity were tracked by the experts, focusing on the brain’s speed to readjust its activity to react to unknown words.
Researchers found out that the brain’s electrical activity was higher for the participants who already knew foreign languages.
Therefore, the more languages someone masters, the faster his or her neuron network codes new information.
I am currently not convinced by this research. The experiment was conducted on a very small group of students. We only know the average age of the subjects so we have no precision about if the experiment is applicable for older or younger people. Also, the conclusion is based on only one experiment and not a lot of varied tests.
Link to the article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160902111425.htm