The brain is a fascinating thing about which we still have a lot to learn. Have you ever wondered what is going on in your brain when you do something, such as learn a new language? You are not alone; scientists have wondered the same and explored the notion.
MRI brain scans can sometimes tell us much about what we know of brains. They show us how active the brain becomes when we use it for any reason, including to learn. Studies have been conducted using this imaging technology, specifically to find out how the brain is affected by language education. Basically, the scan “lights up” in the areas of the brain doing the work, revealing what happens to the brain when a person hears a language, speaks it, comprehends it, or doesn’t comprehend it, but tries to do so.
Some results of these studies even suggested that the brain grows as a result of learning a new language. A Swedish study examined the brains of various individuals, some of whom were adept at learning a language, and others who were not. The MRI scans showed that certain areas of the brain for those students in language education appeared to grow in size. The scientists also learned that the people whose brains grew in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex areas generally appeared more skilled than others.
Research into the brain serves many functions and understanding how language helps us grow is merely one of them. But, time and time again, studies—be they of the brain or any other area—have shown that learning a language has few, if any, negative repercussions. This is your brain on language education: learning a new language is great for the mind, for social interaction, for understanding the world, for business interaction, and beyond.
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