Different areas of the brain respond to different words.

What areas of the brain respond to different words?


This study maps brain activity amongst subjects listening to stories. The electrical activity in the brain is mapped and shows that different locations in the brain are stimulated by different words. Perhaps not surprisingly, some words that relate to, for example, colour, map to areas of the brain near the parts of the brain that process vision.

Single words, can activate multiple regions. ‘Top’, for example, stimulates parts of the brain associated with – appearances, numbers and measurements, buildings and places.

You can go to the interactive version of the map here.

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