How the Human Brain Reads – In Any Language

Researchers at the University of Connecticut and their colleagues have found that what happens inside the brain when reading is the same no matter what the structure of a person’s written language, and that it is influenced by the same mechanism the brain uses to develop speech.

The study, based on evidence from functional MRI (fMRI) images of participants using four contrasting languages, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November.

Lead author Jay Rueckl, director of UConn’s Brain Imaging Research Center, says ‘reading is parasitic to speech’ – meaning that the brain’s activity while reading involves speech and print mechanisms rather than a simple response evoked by print alone.

Read more: UConn Today

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