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  • Mar 17, 2012
  • 11:54 PM

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee / New York Times
But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

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