Debate Rages over Whether Speaking a Second Language Improves Cognition


Over the last decade a number of studies have suggested that speaking a second language may provide certain cognitive benefits so much so that the idea is now widely accepted both within the scientific community and by the public at large.

New studies, however, are suggesting that this so called “bilingual advantage” may be just a myth resulting from the way studies are conducted and subsequently published. For example, studies involving smaller number of participants often seem to suggest a benefit, whereas studies involving larger groups don’t.

Source: Debate Rages over Whether Speaking a Second Language Improves Cognition – Scientific American

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