A ‘lost’ first language can influence how your brain processes sounds

Offering further proof of the impressionable nature of the newborn brain, researchers studying the influence of early language have discovered a life-long impact.

In a paper published this week in Nature Communications, scientists from McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute explain how even brief exposure to language permanently wires how our brains process sounds and second languages later in life. So even if you can’t remember a lick of the French your parents spoke to you as a newborn, that brief exposure to the dialect makes your brain’s handling of a second language different from someone who has spoken or heard only one language.

Read more: Mother Nature Network

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