A recent study has indicated that speaking two languages can help protect the brain in the event of a stroke.
More than 600 stroke patients in India were studied to find that those who spoke more than one language had double the chance of recovering than people who spoke just one language. The results showed a clear correlation, with 40% of bilingual patients recovering their normal cognitive function following a stroke, as opposed to 20% of monolingual patients.
Cognitive functions were defined in the study as attention, memory and visuospatial skills. Experimental Psychology applicants should investigate whether these are the best indicators of cognitive function and if the parameters of the study hold up as demonstrable proof of the benefits of bilingualism.
Students applying to Biological Sciences should explore what is meant by the ‘cognitive reserve’ and how this aids stroke recovery.
- Law: answer like a pro Law is a notoriously competitive subject; this, along with the... Read more >
- HAT mini mock paper The History Aptitude Test or ‘HAT’ must be sat by... Read more >
- Information on choosing a course at Oxford or Cambridge “Perhaps it is because Oxbridge encourages more ‘traditional’ A Level... Read more >
- Physical, Mathematical & Chemical Sciences Reading Lists If you’re applying for Physics, Natural Sciences (P), Maths, Computer... Read more >
- UCAS: A How To Guide The process of applying to university through UCAS can seem... Read more >
- BMAT overview & tips If you’re applying for Medicine, Biomedical Sciences or Veterinary Medicine you... Read more >
- Download a Medicine Personal Statement Read our sample Medicine personal statement for application tips. Read more >
- HAT overview If you’re applying for History, or its joint schools, you... Read more >
- TSA Cambridge Example Questions and Answers If you have completed the TSA Cambridge course report and are... Read more >
- Download a Physics Personal Statement “Over the past few years I have become gradually more... Read more >
- What’s the Most Important Part of Your Application? An application to Oxford or Cambridge involves various different elements,... Read more >
- Oxford and Cambridge International Grade Requirements If you’re applying to Cambridge or Oxford but you’ve not... Read more >
- Maths Puzzle: a game of chess We asked one of our top Maths Oxbridge tutors for... Read more >
- ELAT mini mock paper If you’re applying to read English at Oxford, you will... Read more >
- ELAT overview If you’re applying for English, or its joint schools, you... Read more >
- Download an English Personal Statement “My background as a student at a European School, including... Read more >
- The Great Collection of Past Oxbridge Interview Questions The great thing about an Oxbridge interview is that it... Read more >
- Taking a Gap Year There are a number of advantages to taking a gap... Read more >
- July’s Top News Stories Read more about some of the biggest news stories to... Read more >
- Personal Statement Action Plan: Section 1 of 2 The UCAS personal statement will be a key part of... Read more >
- Download an Economics Personal Statement “I have a keen interest in current affairs but have... Read more >
- UKCAT mini mock paper & answers If you are applying for Medicine or Dentistry, many of... Read more >
- University Admissions Tests: How Would You Reply? Here we have a few questions and answers to sample... Read more >
- History Reading Lists The main challenge in the step up from school to... Read more >