A new study sheds light on the origins of language

November 23, 2009 at 8:02 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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A new study sheds light on the origins of language


// According to new research funded by the national Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), your ability to make sense of Groucho’s words and Harpo’s pantomines in an old Marx Brothers movie takes place in the same regions in your brain.

Researchers have shown that the brain regions that have long been recognized as a centre in which spoken or written words are decoded are also important in interpretting wordless gestures. This suggests that these brain regions may play a much broader role in the interpretation of symbols than previously thought. For this reason, it’s plausible that this could be the evolutionary starting point from which language originated.

To learn more about this amazing study, read on.

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