More Benefits of Bilingualism: Attention and Working Memory Boosts

The Atlantic wrote an article summing up a Northwestern University study that tested attention and working memory in both monolinguals and bilinguals. The two groups listened to speech against both a quiet and a noisy background. Bilinguals were better than monolinguals at encoding the language sounds against a noisy background because their brains build themselves differently to juggle the two (or more) languages they use everyday. This restructuring seems to enhance attention and working memory!

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