New studies have been done on the brains of students enrolled in intensive language courses. MRI’s were taken of the students brains over a 3 month span. The images have been analyzed and show growth in the cerebral cortex, the area of the brain responsible for language, attention, and memory. More specifically the hippocampus which consolidates information from the short-term to the long-term memory. The hippocampus is the first part of the brain that suffers damage on the onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease. This connects studies finding benefits of learning a new language to ward off Alzheimer’s disease, and to keep the brain young.
So keep learning language and keep your brain in shape!
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