Psychology & Psychiatry

Dutch courage—Alcohol improves foreign language skills

A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University and King's College London, shows that bilingual speakers' ability to speak a second ...

Medical research

Scientists show that language shapes perception

(PhysOrg.com) -- Advances in cognitive neuroscience (the science of how the brain works when we think) have shown that what our eyes see and what our brain interprets are two different things. Professor Guillaume Thierry, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Swear words shed light on how language shapes thought

Why were people offended when BBC broadcaster James Naughtie mispronounced the surname of the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt? Why is it much easier for bilingual speakers to swear in their second language? Why are people ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Bilinguals get the blues

(PhysOrg.com) -- Learning a foreign language literally changes the way we see the world, according to new research.

Psychology & Psychiatry

How human brains do language: One system, two channels

Contrary to popular belief, language is not limited to speech. In a recent study published in the journal PNAS, Northeastern University Prof. Iris Berent reveals that people also apply the rules of their spoken language to ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Two languages offer two 'minds' for bilinguals

(Medical Xpress)—If you meet someone who speaks another language that you do not understand, you may not just miss what is being said but what is being perceived. Prof. Panos Athanasopoulos of Lancaster University works ...

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