Bilingual benefits reach beyond communication
Ellen Bialystok (York University), Fergus I.M. Craik (Rotman Research Institute), David W. Green (University College London), and Tamar H. Gollan have discussed in Psychological Science in the Public Interest the influences of bilingualism that reach beyond communication tasks.
Having to control interference from one language when speaking another, a bilingual person is better prepared to deal with exercises requiring attention and multitasking. However, though bilinguals are shown to have better cognitive control, they may score lower in vocabulary tests used by psychologists to determine various impairments.
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