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Newly Identified Brain Pathways Vital to Understanding Language

A complex network of brain connections necessary for language comprehension has been mapped in new detail, according to recent research. These newly charted pathways will help scientists understand how language is processed in the brain, and how brain injuries disrupt the system.
The research was presented at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in San Diego.
“The question of how the brain understands language has puzzled scientists for generations,” said senior author Nina Dronkers, PhD, of the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System and the University of California, Davis. “We found rich connections throughout the brain that have not traditionally been associated with language, but are now found to tie together key areas important for understanding language.
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