Friday, January 14, 2011

Brain Is An Active Listener

Language is delivered at up to 5 syllables/second so scientists thought listeners kept pace by anticipating a subset of words the listener knew (like how Google Instant works). Functional MRI's show the brain considers different words and narrows choices by considering words beginning with the same sound.

For example, if one says, “I tasted the sweetest can…" your brain might be priming itself to hear "candy" or "cantaloupe", but not "candle."

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