Have you ever asked yourself, why some people are more acceptive to foreign languages, than others? As the latest research shows, the success rate in this field may be predicted by analyzing of the interaction between certain areas of the brain.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) the scientists of the McGill University in Montreal (Canada) measured the brain activity of students, who just started studying a new language. By measuring interconnections between certain brain areas they could predict the success rate in French acquisition. The results of the study were published in scientific journal – The Journal of Neuroscience.
The study included 15 English-speaking students. They had to complete 12 weeks of French language intensive lessons. In the course of the experiments, the researchers simultaneously tested their fluency and reading speed before and after the course and measured brain activity of students using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
The experiments have shown that the subjects with stronger interconnection between brain areas succeeded in speaking French much faster.