Bilingualism 'Can Increase Mental Agility'
I came across this article (1) a long time (a year or so ago) while collecting some research papers for my research work. Anyway, I just noticed I had it today, so I'm sharing it, enjoy.
Bilingual children outperform children who speak only one language in problem-solving skills and creative thinking, according to research led at the University of Strathclyde.
A study of primary school pupils who spoke English or Italian- half of whom also spoke Gaelic or Sardinian- found that the bilingual children were significantly more successful in the tasks set for them. The Gaelic-speaking children were, in turn, more successful than the Sardinian speakers. The differences were linked to the mental alertness required to switch between languages, which could develop skills useful in other types of thinking. The further advantage for Gaelic-speaking children may have been due to the formal teaching of the language and its extensive literature.
Full paper: Exploring the cognitive benefits of speaking a 'minority' language (http://ijb.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/04/12/1367006911429622 ; http://ijb.sagepub.com/content/17/1/43)
That's some great news, because I have some tasks that need to be done! Great post by the way it's interesting! :)
If this is the study that I think it is, I recall that they defined bilingualism as speaking two languages from childhood and continuing use of those languages into adulthood. My favorite finding from the study I'm thinking of (which may or may not be the one you just posted), is that bilingualism can delay the effects of Alzheimer's.
I study neuro science in school and yeah, you're right. It helps keep your mind active. Also, if you keep trying to learn new things, exercise your brain, that will also delay the effects of dementia.
This is very interesting, as I was raised in a Frisian family in the Netherlands, so, my parents spoke frisian to us children and we were not allowed to speak Frisian, we had to speak Dutch. I still feel Dutch is my second language, because my grammar is often Frisian while I talk Dutch