November 16, 2020

Actively speaking two languages protects against cognitive decline


Credit: Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona

In addition to enabling us to communicate with others, languages are our instrument for conveying our thoughts, identity, knowledge, and how we see and understand the world. Having a command of more than one enriches us and offers a doorway to other cultures, as discovered by a team of researchers led by scientists at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Using languages actively provides neurological benefits and protects us against cognitive decline associated with aging.

In a study published in the journal Neuropsychologia, the researchers conclude that