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Language and the brain

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Science  04 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6461, pp. 13
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz6490

Summary

Languages—exquisitely structured, complex, and diverse—are a distinctively human gift, at the very heart of what it means to be human. As such, language makes for both a particularly important and difficult topic in neuroscience. A dominant early approach to the study of language was to treat it as a separate module or organ within the brain. However, much modern empirical work has demonstrated that language is integrated with, and in constant interplay with, an incredibly broad range of neural processes.

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