Saturday, 21 October 2017

Do you know that drinking a little alcohol can actually improve your performance in a newly learned foreign language?

Can drinking make you a better foreign language speak.

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'PNew research suggests that drinking a little alcohol can actually improve your performance in a newly learned foreign language. Be careful, though: the effect may not last beyond the first pint.

Alcohol's impact on cognitive functioning has been a point of contention in the medical field for a long time. While some studies suggest that moderate drinking can have a protective effects.
others say that it is linked with neurocognitive decline.
Popular belief holds it that having a drink can help you to improve your performance in a foreign language — but is this true?
A team of researchers from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, alongside colleagues from King's College London and the University of Liverpool — both in the United Kingdom — decided to conduct a study that would allow them to put this belief to the test. Their findings were recently reported in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
"The ability to speak a foreign language relies on executive functioning. When someone is learning/speaking a foreign language, lexical items of both languages (native and foreign) are activated at the same time [in the brain] and compete for selection," explains first study author Dr. Fritz Renner and colleagues.
When this happens, the brain's inhibitory control mechanism regulates the process, allowing the words in the relevant language to come the surface.
"Given that alcohol consumption impairs executive functioning, including inhibitory control," the researchers add, "it can be expected that alcohol consumption would impair foreign language fluency in bilingual speakers."
So, which is true: does alcohol boost or impair performance in a foreign language?
One drink could help you to speak better
The researchers recruited 50 participants, all of whom were native speakers of German, were enrolled at Maastricht University, and had recently learned to read, write, and speak Dutch.
The participants were randomly assigned to drink either a low dose of alcohol or 250 milliliters of chilled water. The dosage for the alcoholic drink was adjusted to each individual's weight. For a male weighing 70 kilograms, this was equivalent to 460 milliliters of 5 percent-alcohol beer.