The brain is a fascinating muscle. Powerful beyond measure and capable of such amazing things, yet still one of the most mysterious parts of our body. Scientists determined to unlock its deeper mysteries began studying the reactions a person’s brain undergoes when either learning a new language or speaking several. What they discovered during their tests is fascinating. When comparing a class of Swedish Armed Forces cadets — one given intense language classes while the other had none — an interesting trend became apparent. For those exposed to the rigorous classes, their brain chemistry had all altered in a unique way across the entire test group. The hippocampus and the cerebral cortex had been stimulated to the point of growth, each a center for understanding, emotional perception, and memory. The class studying languages had evolved, and the one without language classes had not. When researching the capacity to understand coded information, a bilingual brain outshines the rest.
When researching the capacity to understand coded information, a bilingual brain outshines the rest.
To understand the test we must first understand what coded information is. When testing the bilingual brain, scientists will use sentences with mixed language elements to see how difficult it is for the brain to process. Sure enough, MRI testing determined that the brain was being exercised like a muscle, and this manifested results unlike those in an a monolingual brain.
When actively being stimulated, the brain produces gray cells at a higher rate. Increasing your capacity to intake information and process data, the additional brain activity can help stave off Autism, Alzheimer’s, and other age-related illnesses. The more we work out our brains, the more we can be sure of our mental stability later in life, and learning a new language is the perfect way to start.