How language is processed by your brain

Pictured here is an MRI image of a human brain.

Story highlights

  • The regions of the brain involved with language are not straightforward
  • Different words have been shown to trigger different regions of the brain
  • The human brain can grow when people learn new languages

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(CNN)If you read a sentence (such as this one) about kicking a ball, neurons related to the motor function of your leg and foot will be activated in your brain. Similarly, if you talk about cooking garlic, neurons associated with smelling will fire up. Since it is almost impossible to do or think about anything without using language -- whether this entails an internal talk