Ellen Bialystok

Are bilinguals really smarter?

Up until the 1970s, most educators believed that learning two languages at once would confuse children and slow their cognitive growth. But science disagreed with these convictions, said York University psychology Professor Ellen Bialystok in Scienceline July 29. The advent of neuroimaging technology (specifically the CAT scan) in the 1970s granted scientists a new way […]

Bilingualism Can Help Close Learning Gaps for Immigrant Students

Studies show that the brain does indeed gain cognitive benefits from being bilingual, regardless of one’s socioeconomic status, reported National Journal April 30. And that has potentially significant implications in the United States, where native bilinguals tend to be poorer than the general population. It helps to understand what, exactly, you gain from speaking more […]