According to researchers, managing two languages helps the brain sharpen and retain its ability to focus, while ignoring irrelevant information. Furthermore, scientists have discovered that bilingual adults have denser gray matter (brain tissue packed with information-processing nerve cells and fibers), especially in the brain’s left hemisphere, where most language and communication skills are controlled.
Thanks to technological advances in brain imaging, scientists have recently discovered that the processing of different languages occurs in much of the same brain tissue. However, when bilinguals are rapidly toggling back and forth between their two languages, they show significantly more activity in the right hemisphere than monolingual speakers, particularly in a frontal area called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (the source of the bilingual advantages in attention and control).
Some of the best online resources to learn a language:
MEMRISE – It connects every new word with memories.
BUSUU – You can practice directly with native speakers.
DUOLINGO – It makes learning a language like playing a game.
BABBEL – An easy way to learn a language.
SPEAKY – A social network to learn languages and meet people around the world.
POLYGLOT CLUB – Meetups in major cities to practice languages face to face.
It is assumed that human musical abilities played an important role for the evolution of language, and that music making behavior covered important evolutionary functions such as communication, group coordination and social cohesion (Zatorre and Peretz, 2001). From an early age, musicians learn complex motor and auditory skills (e.g., the translation of visually perceived musical symbols into motor commands with simultaneous auditory monitoring of output), that result in gray matter volume differences in motor, auditory, and visual–spatial brain regions. Studies suggest that instrumental music training may enhance auditory discrimination, fine motor skills, vocabulary, and nonverbal reasoning.
Some of the best online resources to learn how to play music :
HOFFMAN ACADEMY Piano
GUITAR MASTERCLASS Guitar
GUITAR LESSON WORLD Guitar
VIRTUAL DRUMMING Drums
DRUM LESSONS Drums
LEARN BASS Bass
DAN CHRISTIAN Saxophone
Coding is becoming a new type of literacy. It is a skill that is useful in everyday life, in today’s digital world. Learning basic coding can increase problem solving skills, training the mind to think in analytical ways. Computational thinking involves considering a problem and breaking it down into single-action steps, handled in the most efficient way possible.
The purpose of programming is to create a set of instructions that computers use to perform specific operations or to control something or even for animations.
While learning a new programming skill — such as Python, PHP, Ruby on Rails — our brains are forming new neural connections while strengthening existing ones each time we practice.
Some of the best online resources to learn programming:
CODECADEMY teaches programming in an interactive way.
TREEHOUSE offers access to a large course library at an affordable price.
TYNKER Coding for kids.
MIT OPENCOURSEWARE offers a large selection of introductory programming courses.
CODESCHOOL teaches how to code with video lessons and coding challenges.
CODE AVENGERS it’s an easy and entertaining platform to get started on coding.
TONE OF VOICE
Tone of voice is the way a statement is presented and is affected by the timbre, rhythm, tempo and inflection of our voices.
Timbre is the emotional quality of your voice. Rhythm is the pattern of the sounds you produce. Tempo is the pace of your voice. Inflection is related to a change (high or low) in the tone.
Physiologically speaking, tone is controlled by the diaphragm, the intercostals muscles between the ribs and the muscles of the larynx, or voice box.
Tone is a good communicator of emotion and mood and it should support and match the words you are saying to reinforce trust and credibility.
There are two supportive pieces that help create the tone: diction and imagery. Diction is the word choice used in a message to convey an idea. Imagery is the picture we can create with words to appeal to the listener/reader’s senses.
To use the correct tone for a message we must consider: purpose, recipient and style of the message.
Pausing is an essential tool of speech. It improves articulation, allows for ideas to stand out and conveys a sense of confidence and importance. When breathing and pausing properly a voice has more inflection and it is more pleasant to hear.
Food also affects the tone of voice. Caffeine is a diuretic and pulls water from the vocal cords, causing the voice to sound strident. Smoking makes the voice sound hoarse. Dairy products produce mucous which makes the person’s voice sound stuffy and causes the individual to clear his throat constantly.
Body language includes:
- Bodies position
- Facial expressions
- Objects connections
Understanding body language enables better self-awareness and self-control and improves our grasp of others too.
The use and recognition of certain fundamental facial expressions are now generally accepted to be consistent and genetically determined among all humans regardless of culture.
However, less fundamental physical gestures (hand movements for example, or the winking of an eye), and aspects of personal space distances, are environmentally determined (learned, rather than inherited), which is significantly dependent on local society groups and cultures.
Generally speaking, women tend to have better perception and interpretation of body language than men.
Understanding body language involves the interpretation of several consistent signals to support or indicate a particular conclusion.
Body language signals involve :
- Legs and feet
- Personal space
The 6 universal face expressions that convey basic human emotions have been identified by Charles Darwin:
Body language isn’t a science, so it isn’t always easy to identify the emotion behind a signal; some signals can be an indication of different emotions. For example, sweating and poor or no eye contact can indicate lying, nervousness or fear. Paying attention to the context is helpful.
But sometimes it’s necessary to be very clear and reinforce your meaning to avoid misinterpretation.
Also, some signals mean different things in different cultures. So it’s important to be ready and recognize this as well.
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