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Rosetta Stone Hails New Study Linking Bilingualism to Cognitive Benefits
Language Learning tied to improved IQ test performance as people age
June 4, 2014, Arlington, VA - Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), the leading provider of education technology and language-learning solutions, is embracing a new study just published in the Annals of Neurology linking language learning at any age to potential cognitive benefits for the aging brain. The study, led by Dr. Thomas Bak of the Centre for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, has found that language learning, even when starting in adulthood, may play a role in improving cognitive performance and slowing decline.
Many previous studies have established links between bilingualism and delaying the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms and dementia when second languages are spoken over the course of a lifetime. But the new study indicates that those speaking more than one language need not be fluent or even bilingual for many years to receive cognitive and brain health benefits.
"Like many others in both the scientific community and the general public, Rosetta Stone is excited to see research that connects learning and speaking a second language to brain health," said Steve Swad, President and CEO of Rosetta Stone, which acquired leading brain training company Vivity Labs-makers of the popular Fit Brains(TM) Trainer-in 2013. "As a company, we've long held that there are many benefits to learning a second language, not only when it comes to improving your life, but also your brain fitness."
In the new study, researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland reviewed the performances of 853 people who first took intelligence tests in 1947 at age 11 and then retested them when they were in their early 70s. They compared the subjects' performance on the later tests and found that those who did best had acquired proficiency in a second language, and that the ages when they did so varied widely. The bilingual speakers performed particularly well in the areas of reading and in general intelligence.
As more people in the U.S. and around the world continue to learn second languages after leaving school, the new study demonstrates two important points: that the cognitive health benefits of learning a language are measureable, and that while getting an early start on language learning may be ideal, the potential cognitive and brain health benefits of learning a second language continue to be available to learners of any age.
As scholars and scientists continue to dig into the impact of language learning on cognitive health, brain training itself has emerged as an industry on the rise, with online and mobile brain workout games now flourishing. Indeed, brain fitness has become a key investment area for Rosetta Stone, which last month unveiled its expanded portfolio of Fit Brains games and trainers with a new website and bold digital marketing. "We believe there are close affinities between language learning and brain training, and this new study bears that out," Swad continued. "Whatever your age, learning a new language can help improve your cognitive abilities and-by extension-your life."
About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company's innovative technology-driven language, reading and brain-fitness solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). Since 2013, Rosetta Stone has expanded beyond language and deeper into education-technology with its acquisitions of Livemocha, Lexia Learning, Vivity Labs, and Tell Me More. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices around the world.
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