Rosetta Stone: Rosetta Stone Hails New Study Linking Bilingualism to Cognitive Benefits

Rosetta Stone: Rosetta Stone Hails New Study Linking Bilingualism to Cognitive                                    Benefits                                                                                    Rosetta Stone Hails New Study Linking Bilingualism to Cognitive Benefits      Language Learning tied to improved IQ test performance as people age  June 4,  2014, Arlington,  VA -  Rosetta Stone  Inc. (NYSE:RST),  the  leading  provider of education technology and language-learning solutions, is embracing a new  study  just published  in  the  Annals of  Neurology  linking  language  learning at any age to potential cognitive benefits for the aging brain.  The  study, led by Dr. Thomas Bak of  the Centre for Cognitive Aging and  Cognitive  Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, has found that language learning, even when  starting in  adulthood,  may play  a  role in  improving  cognitive  performance and slowing decline.  Many previous studies have established links between bilingualism and delaying the onset  of Alzheimer's  symptoms  and dementia  when second  languages  are  spoken over the course of a lifetime.  But the new study indicates that  those  speaking more than one language need not be fluent or even bilingual for  many  years to receive cognitive and brain health benefits.  "Like many others  in both the  scientific community and  the general  public,  Rosetta Stone is excited to see research that connects learning and speaking a second language  to brain  health,"  said Steve  Swad,  President and  CEO  of  Rosetta  Stone,  which   acquired  leading  brain   training  company   Vivity  Labs-makers of  the popular  Fit Brains(TM)  Trainer-in 2013.  "As a  company,  we've long held that  there are many benefits  to learning a second  language,  not only when it comes to improving your life, but also your brain fitness."  In the  new study,  researchers at  the University  of Edinburgh  in  Scotland  reviewed the performances of 853 people  who first took intelligence tests  in  1947 at age 11 and then retested them when they were in their early 70s.  They  compared the subjects' performance on the later tests and found that those who did best had acquired proficiency in a second language, and that the ages when they did so varied widely. The bilingual speakers performed particularly  well  in the areas of reading and in general intelligence.  As more people  in the  U.S. and  around the  world continue  to learn  second  languages after  leaving  school, the  new  study demonstrates  two  important  points: that  the  cognitive  health  benefits  of  learning  a  language  are  measureable, and that while getting an early start on language learning may be ideal, the potential cognitive and brain health benefits of learning a  second  language continue to be available to learners of any age.  As scholars  and  scientists continue  to  dig  into the  impact  of  language  learning on cognitive health, brain training itself has emerged as an industry on the  rise, with  online and  mobile brain  workout games  now  flourishing.  Indeed, brain fitness  has become  a key  investment area  for Rosetta  Stone,  which last  month unveiled  its expanded  portfolio of  Fit Brains  games  and  trainers with a new website and bold digital marketing. "We believe there  are  close affinities between language  learning and brain  training, and this  new  study bears that  out," Swad  continued. "Whatever  your age,  learning a  new  language can  help  improve  your cognitive  abilities  and-by  extension-your  life."  About Rosetta Stone  Rosetta Stone Inc.  (NYSE: RST)  is dedicated to  changing the  way the  world  learns. The  company's  innovative  technology-driven  language,  reading  and  brain-fitness  solutions  are  used  by  thousands  of  schools,   businesses,  government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from  the  most commonly  spoken (such  as English,  Spanish and  Mandarin) to  the  less  prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). Since 2013, Rosetta  Stone  has expanded beyond  language and  deeper into  education-technology with  its  acquisitions of  Livemocha, Lexia  Learning, Vivity  Labs, and  Tell Me  More.  Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices around the world.  For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com.  "Rosetta Stone" is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.  Media Contact: Jonathan Mudd Head of Global Communications jmudd@rosettastone.com 571-357-7148  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients. The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Rosetta Stone via Globenewswire HUG#1790736  
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