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Keeping Actively Bilingual Makes Our Brains More Efficient at Relaying Information

What speaking two languages does to the brain’s white matter.
What speaking two languages does to the brain’s white matter.

There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills in tasks that require increased...




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