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January 22, 2018

Broca area processes both music and language at the same time.

When you listen to music and read a book, the brain does not keep these 2 jobs perfectly separated. A fresh study displays there is an area in the brain which is busy with both at the same time.  This area has been long linked with language. This is also involved in music processing may inform us more about language and music share.

An expert team led by Richard Kunert of Max Plank psycholinguistics institute in Nijmegen found that a brain region under the left temple, which has been linked with the language since the 19th century, can perform more than only process language.

Using an MRI scanner, the experts found that this area, called as Broca Area, can process music and language at the same time. They also found that the 2 jobs can influence each other: when participants are given a particularly hard mixture of tones, it is difficult for them to process the structure of a sentence.

Form specialized regions to interconnected brain areas

Who would this be shocking? Many people trust that the brain is made up of specialized regions. For instance, it is famous that the visual part of the brain is in a different area than the brain auditory part. The same might hold for the tricky job of understanding language or understanding music.

The fresh study, released in the PLOS ONE Journal, presents that looking for a language region of the brain is fruitless because of the brain some brain regions for language at the same time also for other things, in this case music. The outcomes advise that the brain is made up of interlinked brain areas which, depending on the job, can be involved in more than one task at the same time.

Originally posted 2015-11-14 21:53:57.

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