AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 1, 2018


Brain Pattern Predicts How Fast an Adult Learns a New Language

Some adults can learn a second language better than others. For some, it comes more naturally it seems. Researchers from the University of Washington developed a study to understand why this happens. In their study of 19 adults with no previous experience learning French, they found that those in the study with a specific resting-state brain rhythm were more likely to learn the language quicker making this a factor in all adults. “We’ve found that a characteristic of a person’s brain at rest predicted 60 percent of the variability in their ability to learn a second language in adulthood,” said lead author Chantel Prat, a faculty researchers at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences and a UW associate processor of psychology. To read more, click here.


Second International Brain Mapping Course
April 26-27, 2018; New Orleans

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April 26-28, 2018; St. Louis, MO

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