How Foreign Languages Foster Greater Empathy in Children

A new study (paywall) suggests that children who speak multiple languages are better at understanding other people. And not only those who are fluent but those who are simply exposed to another language in their daily lives.

Samantha Fan, Zoe Liberman, Boaz Keysar, and Katherine Kinzler, from the University of Chicago, tested this theory by getting an adult to ask bilingual, monolingual, and “exposed” children aged 4 to 6 to move objects blocked from the adult’s point of view. The children could see a range of differently sized toy cars, including a small one that the adult couldn’t see.