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Spoken language simultaneously activates parallel translations in signed language for bimodal bilinguals

A new study finds that when hearing spoken Spanish, listeners who are fluent in Spanish Sign Language activate equivalent translations in their signed language, showing that linguistic comprehension not only transverses different languages, but different modalities. When a bilingual person speaks one language, are they simultaneously accessing the other? Can

Spoken words activate sign language words in the brain

Bimodal bilinguals know both a signed and a spoken language (hence two "modes" of language). It has been found that bimodal bilinguals have words in both modalities activated when watching only sign language or reading text from a spoken language. This study expands upon this body of work by seeing

Knowledge of Visual Verbs in Blind Individuals

‌‌How exactly blind individuals categorize and understand words relating to vision and sight has fascinated researchers and philosophers for hundreds of years. Seventeenth and eighteenth century thinkers like George Berkeley, David Hume, and John Locke were inspired by Molyneux’s problem, which asks what a blind person would know about

Second Language Learning: Not Just New Social Connections, but also New Neural Connections

Learning a new language changes brain structurally and functionally according to research study done by Yang et al. However, their results also show that second language learning reflect individual differences in learning ability as well.

Can You Read My Mind? Predicting How Words Appear in Our Brains

Have you ever wondered how your brain manages to think about words? How you can see or hear a word and just know what it means? Well, these are questions that have been plaguing scientists for years. How does word meaning present itself in the brain? Previous studies have tried

Color before language

imaging and behavioral evidence from infants supports categorical color perception as an innate behavior

Out-of-key chord makes you slower in syntax processing

Syntactic processing is often considered a hallmark of human cognition. However, whether this ability relies on domain-specific or domain-general cognitive resources and mechanisms is a popular topic of ongoing research. Music, similar to language, has a complex hierarchical structure where discrete elements are organized into sequences governed by syntactic rules.