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January 9, 2013

WSU aging expert quoted in MSNBC report about bilingual seniors


A new study published Tuesday in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that older subjects who are in the habit of speaking two languages use less energy as they alternate between mental tasks. John Woodard, an aging expert from Wayne State University, who was not involved in the current study, stated in a news release: "This study provides some of the first evidence of an association between a particular cognitively [mentally] stimulating activity -- in this case, speaking multiple languages on a daily basis -- and brain function," according to the USNews.


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