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‘Universal language network’ discovered in brain

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brain scan with a region of the left hemisphere highlighted in blue; behind the scan, sentences pulled from Alice in Wonderland can be seen running from the bottom of the image to the top
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Japanese, Italian, Ukrainian, Swahili, Tagalog and dozens of other spoken languages ​​evoke the same “universal language network” in the brains of native speakers. This language processing center has been extensively studied in English speakers, but now neuroscientists have confirmed that the exact same network is activated in speakers of 45 different languages, representing 12 different language families.

“This is a very basic study, extending some of the results from English to a wide range of languages,” said senior author Evelina Fedorenko, an associate professor of neuroscience at MIT and a member of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. statement (will open in a new tab).

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