This second language will increase your memory


Could being bilingual make you better at predicting words and enhancing memory?

A new study reveals that bilingual individuals have a unique advantage when it comes to memory retention and word prediction, due to the "competing words" effect. By constantly selecting from a larger pool of potential words in two languages, bilinguals train their brains for superior cognitive functions.

The more proficient you are in your second language, the more these benefits shine.

The same neural apparatus processes both the first and the second languages in bilingual individuals, activating competing words from both languages.

Bilinguals with high proficiency in their second language show enhanced memory and prediction abilities compared to monolinguals and bilinguals with low second-language proficiency.

Eye-tracking data supports the claim that bilinguals focus longer on objects with overlapping word sounds, leading to improved memory retention.

Source: Science Advances