How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language

How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New #Language

  • So for the new study, which was published recently in PLOS One, researchers in China and Italy decided to home in on language learning and the adult brain.
  • Specifically, the students would ride exercise bikes at a gentle pace (about 60 percent of their maximum aerobic capacity) beginning 20 minutes before the start of the lessons and continuing throughout the 15 minutes or so of instruction.
  • When the researchers asked the students to return to the lab for a final round of testing a month after the lessons — without practicing in the meantime — the cyclists remembered words and understood them in sentences more accurately than did the students who had not moved.
  • This study involved college students performing relatively light exercise, though, and cannot tell us whether other people completing other types of exercise would achieve the same results.
  • But many past studies have shown that exercise prompts the release of multiple neurochemicals in the brain that increase the number of new brain cells and the connections between neurons, Dr. Sulpizio says.

Working out during a language class amplifies an adult’s ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary.
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How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language

How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language

  • So for the new study, which was published recently in PLOS One, researchers in China and Italy decided to home in on language learning and the adult brain.
  • Specifically, the students would ride exercise bikes at a gentle pace (about 60 percent of their maximum aerobic capacity) beginning 20 minutes before the start of the lessons and continuing throughout the 15 minutes or so of instruction.
  • When the researchers asked the students to return to the lab for a final round of testing a month after the lessons — without practicing in the meantime — the cyclists remembered words and understood them in sentences more accurately than did the students who had not moved.
  • This study involved college students performing relatively light exercise, though, and cannot tell us whether other people completing other types of exercise would achieve the same results.
  • But many past studies have shown that exercise prompts the release of multiple neurochemicals in the brain that increase the number of new brain cells and the connections between neurons, Dr. Sulpizio says.

Working out during a language class amplifies an adult’s ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary.
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BBC Learning English

  • According to recent research, exercise not only keeps your body healthy, but your brain too.
  • There’s a verb we use to mean ‘start doing exercise’.

According to scientific research periods of exercise are not only good for your body, but for your brain too – helping to prevent memory loss and other mental conditions. Neil and Catherine teach you how to use the language the world’s media is using to discuss this story.
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BBC Learning English

  • According to recent research, exercise not only keeps your body healthy, but your brain too.
  • There’s a verb we use to mean ‘start doing exercise’.

According to scientific research periods of exercise are not only good for your body, but for your brain too – helping to prevent memory loss and other mental conditions. Neil and Catherine teach you how to use the language the world’s media is using to discuss this story.
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Official Harvard Guide: Gender Can ‘Change From Day to Day’

  • The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has released a guide that says for some people, gender identity can “change from day to day.”
  • The school-sponsored flier, which was distributed to students on the elite Ivy League campus, said for some “gender is fluid and changing,” and it “can be affirmed and/or expressed in many ways.”
  • On “Fox & Friends Weekend” this morning, conservative millennial blogger Allie Stuckey said Harvard is supposed to be a bastion of intelligent and productive discourse, and this guide stands in direct opposition to that.
  • As for the controversy surrounding Ann Coulter’s speech at the University of California-Berkeley, Stuckey said the issue isn’t about the university providing security for a conservative guest speaker, but why they should even have to.
  • “The university should be preventing the violence from happening,” Stuckey said.

The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has released a guide that says for some people, gender identity can “change from day to day.”
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Child gene study identifies new developmental disorders

  • Child gene study identifies new developmental disorders
  • A major genetic study has identified 14 new childhood developmental disorders.
  • So far only 11 children have been identified with the disorder in the UK.
  • The Deciphering Developmental Disorders study aims to find the genetic causes of rare childhood conditions.
  • Tamika’s mother Katja said this gave her sufficient reassurance to go ahead and try for another child.

Scientists sequence the genes of thousands of children to uncover 14 rare, undiagnosed conditions.
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George the Poet on how music can raise awareness of mental health

Poetic issues: @GeorgeThePoet says music can help raise awareness of mental health

  • George the Poet on how music can raise awareness of mental health
  • George the Poet has spoken about the links between music and mental health and how he believes music “can can do so much more than is probably academically recognised”.
  • The spoken word performer, whose real name is George Mpanga, chose to focus on how music can raise awareness of mental health for an hour-long guest edit on BBC Radio 5 Live Afternoon Edition.
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  • The clip is from Afternoon Edition on Tuesday 4 October 2016.

George the Poet on how music can raise awareness of mental health and finding the “tools” to talk about emotions.
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