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Neurolinguistics: structural plasticity in the bilingual brain.

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Crinion JT, Noppeney,  U
Research Group Cognitive Neuroimaging, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Mechelli, A., Crinion JT, Noppeney, U., Ashburner J, Frackowiak, R., & Price, C. (2004). Neurolinguistics: structural plasticity in the bilingual brain. Nature, 431(7010), 757-757. doi:10.1038/431757a.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-D79B-1
Abstract
Humans have a unique ability to learn more than one language-a skill that is thought to be mediated by functional (rather than structural) plastic changes in the brain. Here we show that learning a second language increases the density of grey matter in the left inferior parietal cortex and that the degree of structural reorganization in this region is modulated by the proficiency attained and the age at acquisition. This relation between grey-matter density and performance may represent a general principle of brain organization.