Being Bilingual Changes the Architecture of Your Brain




Judith Kroll thinks so. She’s a psychologist who studies bilingualism and its cognitive consequences at Pennsylvania State University. “A bilingual’s two languages sometimes converge, but often they compete,” she said this weekend during a presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington, DC. When I speak Spanish, it’s not an effortless cognitive switch. My brain needs to actively choose Spanish every time I say a word or construct a sentence. Even after years and years of speaking Spanish every day, I can often feel that work happening. It’s tiring, and switching to English can be a relief.

Being bilingual alters your brain. Here’s how



Great reading and video

The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals


What do studies find?  Read here:

Babies remember their birth language – scientists


Tell parents to use their heritage language with their babies right from birth and thereafter. Read more here:

Research Study: The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals


Interesting study report at


One study from my developmental psychology lab — conducted in collaboration with the psychologists Boaz Keysar, Zoe Liberman and Samantha Fan at the University of Chicago, and published last year in the journal Psychological Science — shows that multilingual children can be better at communication than monolingual children.

What’s Going on Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child?



Interesting discussion

For the Past 20 Years, a Santa Ana Man Has Kept the Language of the Aztecs Alive


Read more about one of the other languages besides Spanish:

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