“Universal Language Network” identified in the brain

“Universal Language Network” identified in the brain

Japanese, Italian, Ukrainian, Swahili, Tagalog, and dozens of other spoken languages ​​flash the same “universal language network” in the brains of native speakers. This language processing hub 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 study is very fundamental and extends some of the findings from English to a broad range of languages,” said senior author Evelina Fedorenko, associate professor of neuroscience at MIT and member of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research expression (opens in new tab).

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