Media Coverage

Media Coverage of “Bilingual Minds”

Psychological Science in the Public Interest
Ellen Bialystok, Fergus I.M. Craik, David W. Green, and Tamar H. Gollan

CTV News Saskatoon
Being bilingual can help delay Alzheimer’s: study
February 24, 2011
Knowing how to speak more than one language in Canada is always a good thing. Not only is it helpful to be able to speak both of our country’s two official languages, it can also be handy to know your way around one of the dozens of other “unofficial” languages spoken here.

The Epoch Times
Bilingualism Could Help Delay Alzheimer’s: Study
February 22, 2011
by Cassie Ryan
Learning another language could help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by up to five years, according to research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science last week.

Discover Magazine
Alzheimer’s Study: Bilingual Brains Are Dementia-Resistant

February 22, 2011
by Andrew Moseman
A bilingual brain is a healthy brain. (Un cerebro bilingüe es un cerebro sano.) Speakers of two languages may have extra defenses against the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease—that’s according to new research announced this weekend at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington, DC.

Fox News
Learning a Second Language Protects Against Alzheimer’s
February 21, 2011
Want to protect against the effects of Alzheimer’s? Learn another language. That’s the takeaway from recent brain research, which shows that bilingual people’s brains function better and for longer after developing the disease.

Los Angeles Times
Should Children Learn a Second Language?
February 21, 2011
by Amina Khan
Does being bilingual help children learn to prioritize information, provide a defense against some effects of Alzheimer’s or just provide a great workout for the brain? All of the above, according to studies discussed Friday at the 2011 American Assn. for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington D.C., where a number of researchers presented on the benefits of being bilingual.

News.com.au
Being bilingual may delay dementia

February 20, 2011
Adults fearing the onset of Alzheimer’s in later life have been advised to learn another language. Canadian research has shown that bilingual people could stave off the effects of the disease for longer.

The Chronicle
Being Bilingual: Beneficial Workout for the Brain
February 20, 2011
by David L. Wheeler
Speaking two languages confers lifelong cognitive rewards that spread far beyond the improved ability to communicate, a series of scientific findings has shown.

The Times of India
Knowing two languages is guard against Alzheimer’s
February 20, 2011
Consider yourself lucky if you are exposed to more than one language as it protects against Alzheimer’s disease. The study said mastering two languages acts as a “mental gymnasium” by forcing the brain to multi-task.

Associated Content
Bilingualism Protects Against Alzheimer’s
February 19, 2011
How many languages are spoken in your home? If the answer is one, you may want to consider incorporating another into your family, especially if you have any family history of Alzheimer’s disease.

Express.co.uk
Learn a Second Language and Fight Off Alzheimer’s
February 19, 2011
by Victoria Fletcher
People who are bilingual force their brain to do unusual somersaults which make it stronger. A new study found that bilingual Alzheimer’s patients had developed the disease years after those who spoke just one language.

Financial Times
Bilingualism delays dementia, say experts
February 19, 2011
by Clive Cookson
New studies have demolished the old myth that growing up bilingual is a mild cognitive handicap. On the contrary, recent research shows that children who speak two languages benefit from the extra mental exercise – and that in old age bilingualism protects the brain against dementia.

The Independent
Speaking a second language can delay dementia onset for years

February 19, 2011
by Steve Connor
Speaking a second language may slow the rate at which the brain declines with age, showing that bilingual people are better protected against Alzheimer’s disease than people who use only one language.

The Telegraph
Speaking a second language could delay dementia by five years

February 19, 2011
by Richard Alleyne
Speaking a second language increases “brain power” and delays Alzheimer’s disease by an average of five years, research suggests.

Guardian.co.uk
Being bilingual may delay Alzheimer’s and boost brain power

February 18, 2011
by Alok Jha
Research suggests that bilingual people can hold Alzheimer’s disease at bay for longer, and that bilingual children are better at prioritising tasks and multitasking.

National Geographic
To Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Learn a Language?
February 18, 2011
by Christine Dell’Amore
Even late in life, picking up a new tongue can slow effects of aging, expert says. Talk about the power of words—speaking at least two languages may slow dementia in the aging brain, new research shows.