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bilingualism & creativity

Ever wondered about how learning gaelic and other languages may benefit your brain? And how creativity and music supports wellbeing?

Join neuroscience educator and fiddler Lewis Hou from the Science Ceilidh (Hands Up For Trad Community Music Organisation of the Year 2018) introduce the brain and some of research around bilingualism, creativity and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome to join for a blether over a cup of tea, a tune and a song or two - bring your questions!

 See below for references, further studies and resources. Download a printable summary  here .

See below for references, further studies and resources. Download a printable summary here.

Isle of Lewis Visit (October 2018)

Lewis will be working closely with the local dementia friendly community project Cianalas team (An Lanntair) 23 - 27 October visiting local care centres, dance and gaelic classes, sessions, joining in with the Hospital ceilidhs, running talks for both health-practitioners and wider public at the Bayhead Sessions. Everyone is welcome to come along

Public Sessions Anyone is Welcome to join:

See more details on facebook here

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Resources

RESEARCH & RESOURCES AROUND BILINGUALISM & LANGUAGE LEARNING

Resources and research about bilingualism and language learning, including support for parents and gaelic and an active blog highlighting current findings Bilingualism Matters

RESOURCE & TIPS ON STAYING SHARP WITH

STAYING SHARP: Age UK & Researchers from the Centre of Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE, University of Edinburgh)

RESEARCH AROUND ARTS, CREATIVITY & WELLBEING

Summary of research around wellbeing and arts What Works Wellbeing

Key Papers & References

Here’s a selection of papers from collaborators and researchers to give a sense of the growing evidence but it is by no means exhaustive - please get in touch if you have questions or suggestions, and where possible, we have linked to open-access papers where we can!

  • The impact of bilingualism on cognitive aging and dementia, finding a path through the confounding variables (Read the blog here or paper Bak, 2016)

  • Even a week long intensive gaelic course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig leads to benefits to cognitive attention, which are maintained in the long-term with on average at least 5 hours of practice per week (Read the blog here or paper Bak et al., 2016)

  • Bilingualism delays age at onset of dementia, independent of education and immigration status - bilingual patients developed dementia 4.5 years later than the monolingual patients (Behind Paywall - Alladi et al., 2013)

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 A collaboration with Cianalas, An Lanntair.

A collaboration with Cianalas, An Lanntair.

 Pilot Funded by the Wellcome Trust

Pilot Funded by the Wellcome Trust