Saturday, March 12, 2016

Differences in brain circuitry may predict language learning success and failure

Learning a second language may depend on the strength of brain's connections

Date: January 20, 2016
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Summary: Learning a second language is easier for some adults than others, and innate differences in how the various parts of the brain "talk" to one another may help explain why. The findings "have implications for predicting language learning success and failure."

“The most interesting part of this finding is that the connectivity between the different areas was observed before learning,” said Arturo Hernandez, a neuroscientist at the University of Houston who studies second-language learning and was not involved in the study. “This shows that some individuals may have a particular neuronal activity pattern that may lend itself to better learning of a second language.”

The study was mentioned in the following news article:
Second language learning theories: Why is it hard for your adult brain to master another dialect?
(International Business Times)

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