Bilinguals' cognitive enhancement

Suárez, Lidia (2013) Bilinguals' cognitive enhancement. In: Speelman, Craig, (ed.) Enhancing Human Performance. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 44-70.

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This chapter reviews the relationship between bilingualism and cognitive enhancement. The first section identifies cognitive superiority in bilinguals compared to monolinguals, and the second section is dedicated to the possible causes and cognitive structures implicated in such enhancement. The rest of the chapter focuses on foreign word acquisition by monolinguals and in bilinguals with one or two different writing systems. The studies reviewed here suggest that logograph users enjoy an enhanced visuospatial memory that facilitates the learning of new logographic forms.

Item ID: 31474
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-1-4438-5237-1
Keywords: cognitive enhancement; bilingualism; visual memory; language acquisition
Date Deposited: 23 May 2014 00:47
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl Speech Production and Comprehension) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 90%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 10%
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