• Thursday, May 30, 2024
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Being bilingual makes you better at nonlinguistic tasks


Half-second faster at executing novel instructions: In a small study, bilingual people were about a half-second faster than monolinguals (3.5 versus 4 seconds) at executing novel instructions such as “add one to x, divide y by two and sum the results,” say Andrea Stocco and Chantel S. Prat of the University of Washington. The findings are in line with past studies showing that children born into bilingual families exhibit superior performance on nonlinguistic tasks. The experience of flexibly applying rules when speaking multiple languages may strengthen bilinguals’ executive functioning, the researchers say.

(Source: Brain & Language.)