Language Learning and Dementia

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In the United States, researchers are on a mission to prevent or delay cognitive impairment in Americans. One approach to warding off dementia? Learning a second language. Evidence shows that bilingualism protects the brain: in bilinguists, certain types of dementia show up five years later than in monolinguists. Today, we're exploring efforts in science and academics to reduce dementia diagnoses. Later, we'll check in with Mal Vincent and find out what's going on this week in Mal's World. Today's Guests:Dr. Laura Baker - is a cognitive neuroscientist and lead expert on the new $20 million United States study about the impact of certain lifestyle changes on the onset of dementia Dr. Thomas Bak - works for the University of Edinburgh in the school of philosophy, psychology and language sciences. He is the co-author of a study that examined bilingual advantage in those who are illiterate Dr. Evy Woumans - works for Ghent University in the Department of Experimental Psychology. She co-authored a study that examined how bilingualism delays the clinical manifestation of Alzheimer's disease
Period3 Aug 2017
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