Tag Archives: Neuroscience

Bilingualism boosts cognitive capacity and helps adults ward off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia

A 2012 study by York Psychology Professor Ellen Bialystok finds speaking more than one language has wide-ranging cognitive health benefits for children, adults and seniors. Professor Ellen Bialystok and co-authors reviewed recent studies using behavioural and neuroimaging methods to examine the effects of bilingualism on cognition across the lifespan. Their review builds on earlier evidence […]

Your Brain on Fiction

AMID the squawks and pings of our digital devices, the old-fashioned virtues of reading novels can seem faded, even futile. But new support for the value of fiction is arriving from an unexpected quarter: neuroscience. Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an […]