You can often read about the benefits of being bilingual from a young age. This study does take another turn and show it’s a bit more complicated than that for sure also for migrant children. How complicated? Bilingual children from immigrant families often lag monolingual children in the development of the majority language while also… Read More Another take on bilingualism: children take longer to learn two languages at once compared to just one
This is one of those ongoing debates in research: are there benefits of bilingualism? If I’m not mistaking, there is actually a conference right now about this theme in the Netherlands. This study is an interesting new longitudinal study and the answer of the researchers is ‘yes’, as their data shows that for children in… Read More Bilingual children and inhibitory control, a match?
I have to admit I am sharing this study because I think it is fascinating. The study in brief: Bilingual adults were scanned with fMRI while computing mental arithmetic problems. Arithmetic problem solving induced distinct activation pattern in each of bilingual’s languages. Language plays a critical role in arithmetic. Or even shorter: the… Read More Interesting: bilinguals calculate differently depending on the language they use
Bilingualism keeps me fascinated. This new study shows that the 2 languages of young bilingual children develop simultaneously but independently from each other. But there is more: the study also shows Spanish is vulnerable to being taken over by English, but English is not vulnerable to being taken over by Spanish. Btw, the study has… Read More Interesting: how the 2 languages develop in the minds of young bilingual children
I don’t know if you already knew, but there is a bit of an elaborated discussion aka scientific “battle” about the positive effects of bilingualism. Not sure if this new study will calm things down, but it sure will add to the discussion as it shows that babies raised in bilingual households show brain activity… Read More Study: brains of bilingual babies show increased activity in executive function regions
This study is from my old Alma Mater, Ghent University, but that’s not the reason why I’m sharing this abstract with you. The results are very interesting both for the present bilingualism has effect/no-effect discussion (eg. here) , views on intelligence and on the importance of early schooling. The study will be published shortly in Language Learning. Abstract of… Read More Interesting new study: The longitudinal effect of bilingual immersion schooling on cognitive control and intelligence
Bilingualism is a hot topic and often the benefits are being discussed. This new research doesn’t look at the advantages on learning languages or the effect on later life, but on the beliefs children have at a young age. Most young children are essentialists: they believe that human and animal characteristics are innate. That kind… Read More Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs
There have been clear benefits established in raising a bilingual child. But researchers examined if there could there be some things learning a second language doesn’t produce, such as a more open-minded youngster? From the press release: New research from Concordia University shows that, like monolingual children, bilingual children prefer to interact with those who… Read More Are bilingual kids more open-minded or also biased against foreign accents?
I have a lot of tabs open in my browser with interesting research: The fact that taller people also tend to be slightly smarter is due in roughly equal parts to two phenomena — the same genes affect both traits and taller people are more likely than average to mate with smarter people and vice… Read More Collected research: taller means smarter, mindfullness@school and bilingual speakers switching languages