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Language learning and use as cognitive reserve?

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Language learning is usually approached from the perspective of applied linguistics or pedagogy. However, recent studies suggesting that bilingualism could slow down cognitive ageing, delay the onset of dementia and improve the cognitive outcome after stroke, open an entirely new area of research, involving psychology, neurology and neuroscience. Can learning new languages and active use of more than one language in every-day life have beneficial effects on cognition and mental health? The opinions (and the evidence) are divided, but certain patterns seem to emerge, linking language learning and use to the concept of cognitive reserve.

This talk is part of the Department of Psychiatry & CPFT Thursday Lunchtime Seminar Series series.

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