Tag: neuroscience

Even Lost Languages Rewire Brain

Research also demonstrates brain's plasticity and ability to adapt to new language environmentsIn a paper published in December's Nature Communications, researchers from Canada's McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute demonstrate that even brief, early exposure to a language influences how the brain processes sounds from a second language later in life. Even if the first language learned is...

How Learning Languages Affects Our Brain

As travel experiences go, there are few things as satisfying as ordering a meal in a foreign language. But while the practical and social aspects are obvious, multilingualism also has a transformative effect on the brain - improving brain power and changing the way we see the world.Read on for an illustrated journey on how language affects the brain!How...

Artificial Neural Network Learns Language

Researchers from Sassari University and Plymouth University have made a cognitive model of networked artificial neurons that can learn language with no prior knowledge. The Artificial Neural Network with Adaptive Behaviour Exploited for Language Learning, or Annabell, relies on synaptic plasticity and neural gating to learn through human conversation. "The system is capable of learning to communicate through natural...

Whistled Turkish; or, the Bird Language

Whether a language is spoken, written, or signed with the hands, it is generally agreed that language processing occurs mostly in the left side of the brain. Tonal languages use more of the right brain for understanding nuanced tones and pitches, but the whistled language of Turkey takes right brain language processing to another level. Before the invention of...

Identifying Literacy and Learning Disabilities Early

New research from Northwestern University has found a quick way to detect future literacy challenges in children who have not yet learned to read or write. The study, entitled Auditory Processing in Noise: A Preschool Biomarker for Literacy, found that preliterate children who were unable to successfully decipher speech in a noisy environment were more likely to have future...

Where is Language in the Brain?

In the well-known left and right brain divide, language has been placed as a logical function of the left. The center of language comprehension was thought to be the Wernicke's area, named after Carl Wernicke who found in 1874 that stroke victims with damage to the left side of their brains commonly suffered from language impairment. However, it has...