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HomescienceOur brain changes when we learn a foreign language as adults

Our brain changes when we learn a foreign language as adults


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Scientists organized an intensive German language course for Arabic-speaking refugees from Syria, which included scanning the course participants' brains using magnetic resonance imaging.

59 adults participated in a six-month German language course. Students underwent MRI at the beginning, middle, and end of the course. Computed tomography technology was used, which allows imaging of the direction and continuity of nerve fibers.

Research has shown that during learning, connections in language areas of the white matter are strengthened and additional areas in the right hemisphere are engaged. — In both hemispheres, connections are developed in the areas responsible for language learning. Learning new words strengthened the lexical and phonological subnetworks of both hemispheres, especially in the second half of the session, during the period of consolidation of acquired knowledge, says the study's lead author, Xuehu Wei.

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