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Learn a new language to boost brain power

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You may want learn a new language to keep your memory sharp.

According to a first of its kind study, being bilingual enhances a person's ability to process sounds and pay attention.

Researchers at Northwestern University compared teenagers who spoke English and Spanish to those who spoke English only.  They found that those who were bilingual could better decipher sounds in a loud area.  They also found the bilingual's attention span on one task was longer.

You can find the results of the full study on the Northwestern University NewsCenter site.