A second language: Your mind’s fountain of youth

In an Op- Ed to the New York Times, William Alexander relates his experience learning a foreign language and its impact on his aging mind:

“After a year of struggling with the language, I retook the cognitive assessment, and the results shocked me. My scores had skyrocketed, placing me above average in seven of 10 categories, and average in the other three. My verbal memory score leapt from the bottom half to the 88th — the 88th! — percentile and my visual memory test shot from the bottom 5th percentile to the 50th. Studying a language had been like drinking from a mental fountain of youth.”

 

Read his full article here

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