If you read my posts on a regular basis, you probably know that I am quite interested in bilingualism and its effects on cognition. Another person who conducts a lot of studies in things like this is Lera Boroditsky, one of the most public-friendly academics in psycholinguistics. Boroditsky recently released an interesting paper with Vicky Lai that I thought I would report on here for you.
Before I actually get started on this article, I would like to immediately answer the question I posed in the title: no. Psychoactive drugs are alive and well. But they might not be for long.
When you are not focusing on something and your mind starts to wander, what do you think of? Many people find that they think about about imagined events, either past or future. This is a process that has been called “mental time travel,” and some researchers have suggested that it is a uniquely human process. Interestingly, that is a theory that has come under fire.