Monday, April 27, 2015

Think your world view is fixed? Learn another language and you’ll think differently - Network Front | The Guardian

from Network Front | The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/27/world-view-learn-another-language
New research says that a German speaker and an English speaker perceive the world in different ways – thanks to the grammatical toolkit they’re using

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost, and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the language they are operating in.

In the past 15 years there has been an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with the majority of the evidence pointing to the tangible advantages of using more than one language. Going back and forth between languages appears to be a kind of brain training, pushing your brain to be flexible.

When judging risk, bilinguals also tend to make more rational, economic decisions in a second language

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