'Atlas of words': Neuroimaging reveals how the brain organizes language

As you read this article and scan the words displayed on the computer screen, your brain is recognizing, responding and organizing information related to their interpretation as well as associations with other words, images and ideas.

Now, neuroimaging is revealing the secrets of this process, according to new research published in the journal Nature.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, used fMRI scans from study volunteers to create a "semantic atlas” of the brain, which reveals how a particular region activates in response to language.

"Our semantic models are good at predicting responses to language in several big swaths of cortex," lead author Alexander Huth, MD, told BBC News. "But we also get the fine-grained information that tells us what kind of information is represented in each brain area. That's why these maps are so exciting and hold so much potential."

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