Did you know that babies under the age of 1 year can benefit from being exposed to a second language? This video features Dr. Judith Kroll (University of California, Riverside), who discusses the new research that has uncovered the remarkable benefits that bilingualism confers.

It’s never too late to learn a second language, and this informative video from TedED provides many compelling reasons — from more active and denser brains to better focus and decision-making — to start studying a new language!

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10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language (from PsyBlog)

People used to think that learning two languages created confusion in the mind and even schizophrenia, but today, scientists have found that learning a second language has significant psychological advantages. This article from “PsyBlog” outlines ten amazing benefits of learning a foreign language.



About the Author

Judith Kroll (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and a world-renown expert in Bilingualism. Dr. Kroll has held faculty positions at Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, Mount Holyoke College, and Pennsylvania State University. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Psychonomic Society, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists. Dr. Kroll was one of the founding editors of the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, and one of the founding organizers of Women in Cognitive Science.

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