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Being bilingual makes your more focused

May 1, 2012

Bilingualism Fine-Tunes Hearing, Enhances Attention

Dual language speakers better able to encode basic language sounds and patterns

By Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. — A new Northwestern University study provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals’ rich experience with language “fine-tunes” their auditory nervous system and helps them juggle linguistic input in ways that enhance attention and working memory.

Northwestern bilingualism expert Viorica Marian teamed up with auditory neuroscientist Nina Kraus to investigate how bilingualism affects the brain. In particular, they looked at subcortical auditory regions that are bathed with input from cognitive brain areas.

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