According to a new study, bilingual babies develop their attention more than other newborns, because hearing two different languages in infancy is activating a particular brain region.
The scientists from Toronto’s York University revealed that bilingual babies develop their attention more than other newborns, as hearing words in two different languages set the stage for lifelong cognitive benefits, as The Canadian Press reported.
Brain development takes place in the first years of life in our children. But, how our kids evolve during this period is crucial for how babies are going to be during their childhood and adulthood, as well.
“This new study tells us that from the very earliest stage of development, the (brain) networks that are the basis for developing attention are forming differently in infants who are being raised in a bilingual environment,” said Ellen Bialystok, the co-author of this new study.
Bilingual Babies Develop Their Attention More Than Other Newborns
“Why is that important? It’s because attention is the basis for all cognition,” the researcher added.
In short, those babies who hear words in two different languages are developing their brain regions that correspond to attention. In other words, bilingual babies develop their attention more than other newborns, according to new research carried out by Toronto’s York University scientists.
“The research involved measuring babies’ eye movements to assess attention and learning. Half of the infants studied were being raised in monolingual environments, while the other half heard two languages in their homes. The infants were shown images as they lay in a crib equipped with a camera and screen. Their eye movements were tracked as they watched pictures appear above them in varying areas of the screen,” reported the Montreal Gazette, citing The Canadian Press. In conclusion, bilingual babies develop their attention more than other newborns.