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The Wada Test, 1948

By Philip Jaekl | November 1, 2017

A decades-old neurological procedure developed under unique and difficult conditions in postwar Japan remains critical to the treatment of epilepsy.

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Singing In the Brain

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2017

His first love was dance, but Erich Jarvis has long courted another love—understanding how the brain learns vocalization.

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Locating Language within the Brain

By Tanya Lewis | April 27, 2016

Researchers map the mental semantic systems of podcast listeners.

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Lefties, Language, and Lateralization

By Bob Grant | October 1, 2015

The long-sought genetic link between handedness and language lateralization patterns in the brain is turning out to be illusory.

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Special Delivery

By Mary Beth Aberlin | October 1, 2015

Neurons in new brains and old

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Whistle Stop

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2015

Visit the remote Turkish village where the musical language that residents use to communicate across valleys is elucidating how language is processed in the brain.

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Whistle While You Work Your Brain

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2015

Communication based on whistles offers a “natural experiment” for studying how the brain processes language.

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New Human Brain Language Map

By Bob Grant | June 26, 2015

Researchers find that Wernicke’s area, thought to be the seat of language comprehension in the human brain for more than a century, is not.

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Brains in Action

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 1, 2014

An inspiring lecturer turned Marcus Raichle’s focus from music and history to science. Since then, he has pioneered the use of imaging to study how our brains function.

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Imaging Musical Improv

By Abby Olena | February 21, 2014

Some areas of the brain that typically process language are active in jazz musicians who are improvising, a study shows.

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