Linguistics and English Language

Bilingualism aids stroke recovery

Multilingual patients more likely to recover cognitive abilities.

Published on Fri, Nov 20th 2015, 15:07

New research by the University of Edinburgh reveals stroke patients "are more likely to regain their cognitive functions if they speak more than one language".

Co-author Thomas Bak, of the University of Edinburgh's School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, said: "Bilingualism makes people switch from one language to another, so while they inhibit one language, they have to activate another to communicate.

This switching offers practically constant brain training which may be a factor in helping stroke patients recover."

Further information

Bilingual skills enhance stroke recovery (BBC News)

Dr Thomas Bak