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Bilingual Brains More Agile

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

Bilingual speakers have more “plastic” brains than do people who speak only one language, according to two recent studies conducted by researchers at Israel’s University of Haifa. Audio-neuro researcher Hanin Karawani Khoury and her PhD student, Dana Bsharat-Maalouf, tested differences in perception and physiological reactions in about 60 young adults. Half of the subjects were monolingual Hebrew speakers and half were native Arabic speakers fluent in Hebrew as a second language.

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