New research reveals that speaking a second language doesn’t just make you more interesting — it also holds off the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

How does it work? And which second language is right for you?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley is looking out for your brain on this week’s Talk the Talk.


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People who speak more than one language show delayed Alzheimer’s onset:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/research-suggests-language-learning-staves-off-alzheimers/story-e6frg6so-1226009074740

And the more languages, the better:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110222162304.htm
http://healthland.time.com/2011/02/22/why-speaking-more-than-one-language-may-delay-alzheimers/

More about that Stroop Test:
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-he-bilingual-brain-20110227,0,6215645.story

And a Stroop Test you can try yourself:
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/java/ready.html

More on Alzheimer’s:
http://www.mhri.edu.au/alzhiemers.htm