Hearing Bilingual: How the Baby Brain sorts out language
I found an interesting article in the NY Times about the increase in cognitive flexibility found in babies who are bilingual (or exposed to multiple languages in the home). Although they may be too young to speak, there was a significant difference in the “openness” of bilingual babies to perception, which begins narrowing at a later stage in their infancy. They were also found to have distinct abilities in solving logic problems & multi-tasking. Pretty fascinating stuff! And though I’m far from infancy, my friends & I can attest to the changes in speech, vocabulary, and thought processes that developed and evolved from spending two years in Spain where I spoke the language fluently.