This is your brain on nouns

Scientist have discovered how the brain codes and represents nouns. They have found, that the brain uses three basic categories to think about common nouns: Can I hold it, can I get inside it and can I eat it?

For their study, the scientists showed people 60 words and analyzed the brain’s activation patterns with a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine. Really intriguing is the inverse process: To find out, which of the 60 words the subject was thinking of, by analyzing the brain’s activation patterns.

You can find the study in the journal PloS One or read the article in prnewswire.com

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