Have bilinguals lost the right to feel cognitively superior?

Researchers say the benefits are overstated

The cognitive benefits of bilingualism have been grossly overstated, according to the findings of a large meta-analysis.


In fact, the  Swedish authors report that speaking two languages is nothing more than a useful form of communication.

In their meta-analysis of 152 studies conducted in 27 countries, the researchers from Abo Akademi University confirm no significant benefits were found for bilingual people in any sub-areas of executive function.

Their study also analysed a number of background factors that are widely believed to affect how