Second language acquisition

How does the brain adapt to a new language?

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New challenges – new solutions

We all know the numerous challenges of learning a second language. Learning a new language becomes even more essential if you are living in another country and you actually depend on communicating with other people to satisfy your very basic needs. This raises the question of what is the most effective way to learn a language.

A new study at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig examines the changes inside the brain during the acquisition of German as a second language. We aim at a better understanding of how we learn languages best in a short period of time. As a participant in this study you could play a major role in improving our understanding of how language learning actually works and acquire a high level in German.


The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences conducts worldclass research in the field of human neuroscience. [more]
Our institute, and our department in particular, have long been interested in how the human brain processes language. What appears to be an automatic process is in fact a complex interplay between our hearing and different regions in our brains. [more]

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