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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for August 2017

Published: August 29, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention this month.

How Exercise Can Help You Learn a New Language

A new study reports that working out during a language class amplifies people’s ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary. The findings provide more evidence that to engage our minds, we should move our bodies. In recent years, a wealth of studies in both animals and people have shown that we learn differently if we also exercise.

Speaking Out: Mapping the World’s Dialects

About 7,000 languages are believed to be spoken around the world. Some estimates state that two thirds of the world’s population share only 12 languages, but it is the diversity of the languages spoken by the few that makes language a remarkable cultural phenomenon. Read about efforts to map the world’s languages here.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis, argues Jean Twenge in The Atlantic magazine. ​

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