Good news for bilingual families, especially for Singaporean families as most of the Singaporean children are born into bilingual environments. Scientists from Singapore under The GUSTO Study: Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes, have found out that there are advantages associated with exposure to two languages during infancy.
In the study, they reported that six-month old bilingual infants recognized familiar images faster than those brought up in monolingual homes. They also paid more attention to novel images compared to monolingual infants. The findings reveal a generalized cognitive advantage that emerges early in bilingual infants, and is not specific to a particular language. Scientists and clinicians from A*STAR, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, NUS, NUH and NUHS published these findings in the highly-regarded scientific journal, Child Development.
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