Many try to learn one or two foreign languages. To some, this is done with ease, while for someone, the process of memorizing new words and constructions comes with difficulty. Canadian scientists conducted a study and found out the reasons for this. A report on the work was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.
Scientists know that the human brain is actively working, even in the case when a person just rests and does not think about anything. Separate zones are constantly exchanging messages. Such functional connectivity at rest can be detected by magnetic resonance imaging.
Scientists from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) set up an experiment in which they were able to determine that a person’s linguistic abilities are affected by the interaction between certain areas of the brain. For this, a group of 15 English-speaking students were asked to undergo a 3D brain scan before and after training before short courses in French.
After completing the course, students took a test of reading and speaking in French. They had to speak French for 2 minutes and read an unfamiliar text. Researchers recorded the number of words read and spoken per minute.
It turned out that the highest rates of those who have connections between the brain areas responsible for speech and reading are the strongest. However, scientists recommend not to get upset and not to give up trying to learn a foreign language to those who do it slowly. The systems of impulse transmission and communication inside the brain are subject to change, and even the one who initially had weak indicators was able to learn the language.
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