A new study provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals' rich experience with language "fine-tunes" their auditory nervous system and helps them juggle linguistic input in ways that enhance...
In the study, the researchers recorded the brainstem responses to complex sounds (cABR) in 23 bilingual English-and-Spanish-speaking teenagers and 25 English-only-speaking teens as they heard speech sounds in two conditions. Under a quiet condition, the groups responded similarly. But against a backdrop of background noise, the bilingual brains were significantly better at encoding the fundamental frequency of speech sounds known to underlie pitch perception and grouping of auditory objects. This enhancement was linked with advantages in auditory attention.
The improvement in audio perception is new to me, and will let my nephew know. Will send him the link because he is on his way to becoming involved in the professional music industry (will have his dad purchase that Rosetta Stone language program), and learning of this bilingual enhancement can only improve my nephews journey. Thanks
whats interesting to me is that when im assessing bilingual kids I have noticed that on average most bilingual students where scoring higher/ better on auditory attention subtest on the wj then the other areas of Auditory Processing. which makes a lot more sense to me.
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