Semantic maps in the human brain

The meaning of language is represented in regions of the cerebral cortex known collectively as the “semantic system”. However, little of the semantic system has been mapped comprehensively, and the semantic selectivity of most regions is still unknown. Here we systematically map semantic selectivity across the cerebral cortex using voxel-wise modeling of fMRI data collected…

Visualizing the Global Network of Languages

Interactive nodal network diagrams can offer some of the most well-supplied data exploration opportunities in the  world of data graphics. The Macro Connections Group at MIT Media Lab released Global Language Network, an interactive visualization of the relationships among the world’s many languages. This colorful web of information represents an ideal use of the nodal diagram as…

How’s your English?

Almost two billion people study English as a non-native language – that’s nearly one in three people worldwide. In the developing world, English is less of a forein language skill but a tool synonymous with development, expanding a country’s economy, and increasing its connectedness to the rest of the world. Indeed, for small countries with…

The Bilingual Brain

As scientists unlock more of the neurological secrets of the bilingual brain, they’re learning that speaking more than one language may have cognitive benefits that extend from childhood into old age. Parlez vous francais? Sprechen Sie Deutsches? Parli italiano? Hablas español? If so, and you also speak any other language, your brain may have developed some…