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Brain Mechanism in Language Learning

A new study reveals the role the hippocampus plays in language acquisition. Psychologists found that when we learn the names of unfamiliar objects, brain regions involved in learning actively predict the objects the names correspond to. The brain tests these … Continue reading

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How human language could have evolved from birdsong

Linguistics and biology researchers propose a new theory on the deep roots of human speech. “The sounds uttered by birds offer in several respects the nearest analogy to language,” Charles Darwin wrote in “The Descent of Man” (1871), while contemplating … Continue reading

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Neuroscience of language and communication

The human capacity to communicate has been hypothesized to be causally dependent upon language. Intuitively this seems plausible since most communication relies on language. Moreover, intention recognition abilities (as a necessary prerequisite for communication) and language development seem to co-develop. … Continue reading

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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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