When we speak, our sentences emerge as a flowing stream of sound. Unless we are really annoyed, We. Don’t. Speak. One. Word. At. A. Time. But this property of speech is not how language itself is organised. Sentences consist of words: discrete units of meaning and linguistic form that we can combine in myriad ways… Read more

Reading stories is a universal experience that may result in people feeling greater empathy for each other, regardless of cultural origins and differences, suggests new brain research from scientists at the University of Southern California. Furthermore, in what may be a first for neuroscience, the researchers found patterns of brain activation when people find meaning… Read more

Bilingual people are better at saving brain power, new research findings show. The team of Ana Inés Ansaldo, PhD, a professor at Université de Montréal, compared what are known as functional brain connections between seniors who are monolingual and seniors who are bilingual. The researchers found that years of bilingualism change how the brain carries… Read more

Nearly 70 years ago, the renowned Russian neuropsychologist Alexander Luria added semantic aphasia to his classification of language disorders, demonstrating that inability to establish logical relations between words in a sentence corresponds to non-linguistic, spatial processing, disorders as well. For the last 70 years, it was largely believed that spatial processing disorders, including those seen… Read more