Andrea Mechelli and colleagues, neuroscientists (scientists who study the brain) at England's University College London, discovered that learning a second language causes changes in a person's brain. Just as lifting weights builds muscle, speaking two languages bulks up a person's gray matter, the brain tissue that's vital to processing information. Another finding: The younger a person is when he or she learns a second language, the bigger the brain boost. For instance, bilingualists who learn a second language in their teens, like Valderrama, build more brainpower than adults. Today's lesson: "The earlier we learn language the better," says Mechelli.
HOLA: Wilmer Valderrama, like his character on That '70s Show, is bilingual.
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