Learn Language Faster With Gestures, Max Planck Institute Study

LANGUAGE classes of the future might come with a physical workout. People learn a new language more easily when words are accompanied by movement. Manuela Macedonia and Thomas Knösche at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, enrolled 20 volunteers on a six-day course to learn "Vimmi", an artificial language designed to make study results easier to interpret. Half of the material was taught using spoken and written instructions and exercises, while the other half was taught with body movements to accompany each word, which the students were asked to act out.

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