MIT Scans Brain Of Hyperpolyglot Vaughn Smith, Who Speaks 24 Languages

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Are there any differences between the brain of a hyperpolyglot and a monoglot? Polyglots and hyperpolyglots are people who speak multiple languages; the former speak at least six, while the latter can speak at least 11. Brain scans show that hyperpolyglots’ language processing areas are more efficient, showing less activity than in a monoglot’s brain. It’s still unknown if hyperpolyglots are born with more efficient brains for processing language or if their brains were moulded that way after learning many languages while they were still developing. Read full article here

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