TED Talk: The benefits of a bilingual brain
According to Mia Nacamulli in her TED Talk, published in the Mind Matters TED series, there is ample evidence that being bilingual or multilingual not only has the immediate benefits of being able to understand and communicate with more people, but has a wider neurological benefit.
The byline to the TED Talk: How Speaking Multiple Languages Benefits the Brain states: “It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.”
Benefits of bilingualism
This builds on the body of evidence, including the 2014 article from New Scientist which acclaims bilingual neurological health benefits and a correlation between bi- and multi-lingualism and the delay of the onset of certain degenerative brain diseases. For further details, see The benefits of languages…