Source: Psych Central
A new study released by the University of Oregon found that bilingual preschoolers were less impulsive compared to their classmates who only spoke one language.
Researchers found that young bilingual students were less likely to react in a hasty manner and instead became more adaptive in situations of conflict.
The study concluded that students who were bilingual in English and Spanish and those that began to learn Spanish exhibited strong levels of inhibitory control compared to preschoolers who only speak English.
“Inhibitory control and executive function are important skills for academic success and positive health outcomes and well-being later in life,” said the study’s co-author Dr. Atika Khurana.
“This study shows one way in which environmental influences can impact the development of inhibitory control during younger years,” she added.
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