Category Archives: Language

Bilingual People Find it Easier to Learn New Languages

Brain activity of bilingual people who learn a new language is similar to that of native speakers of that language within one day of training, a new study report. For monolingual people, it takes much longer to exhibit brain activity … Continue reading

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Our ability to recognize Letters could be hard Wired Into our Brains

According to researchers, there may be a relationship between written shapes and the sounds they represent. Back in the 1960s, the linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky claimed that the human brain is hardwired with an innate understanding of language. … Continue reading

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Language Development Starts in the Womb

According to a NeuroReport study, children’s sensitivity to the rhythmic properties of language emerges in-utero. Researchers discovered changes in fetal heart rate when exposed to different languages, suggesting babies tend to ‘tune in’ to the language they are going to … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Speech and Language

Speech, language, and music are defining characteristics of humans. Recent advances in neuroimaging have allowed researchers to examine brain activity during speech and language tasks, revealing the complexity of these processes. Research has also begun to better understand the neurobiological underpinnings of speech and language … Continue reading

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Music as the Brain’s Universal Language

What are some of the biggest challenges of studying musical creativity from a neuroscience perspective? It’s not just music—artistic creativity in general is one of the toughest topics to study because it’s an elusive thing. Creativity is made up of … Continue reading

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Human Language reveals a Universal Positivity Bias

The most commonly used words of 24 corpora across 10 diverse human languages exhibit a clear positive bias, a big data confirmation of the Pollyanna hypothesis. The study’s findings are based on 5 million individual human scores and pave the … Continue reading

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Neural language networks at birth

The ability to learn a language is a human trait. In adults and children, brain imaging studies have shown that auditory language activates a bilateral fronto-temporal network with a left hemispheric dominance. It is an open question whether these activations … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Bilingualism

Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with … Continue reading

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Language and The Brain: Intricate Relationship

I love infographics and each time I stumble upon a good one I straightforward share it with you here. Today I want you to read the relationship between the brain and the production and interpretation of languages. There are mazing … Continue reading

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