A recent study has found that the human brain may be pre wired for bilingual ability. However, anyone who tries to acquire a second language will gain a brain boost.
According to study co-author Ping Li, co-director of the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition at Pennsylvania State University.the brain “becomes more connected and integrated after learning”. However, Li continues, “the brain networks of the more successful learners are better connected even before learning takes place.”
The study of how the brain wiring relates to language skill development is the focus of Li’s team’s research. “We know that if the learning of a new language is successful, key brain regions responsible for handling languages will become activated. But we don’t know how these different regions are connected with each other as a network,” Li said.
The research also indicates that studying a new language, however briefly, can have benefits to the brain. “If you can’t learn a new language, doing other cognitively challenging activities could be equally useful to the brain,” Li said, “although they may train only one or a few parts of your brain, unlike language learning.”