Friday, July 01, 2016

Bergen neuroscience and how the mind makes meaning
 Benjamin K. Bergen is the author of Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning (Basic Books, 2012).
 The traditional view is that our capacity for language is housed in certain centers in the brain — specialized regions like “Broca’s area” and “Wernicke’s area” that are purportedly in charge of grammar or meaning, respectively. But the new science tells us that mind makes meaning using a much broader swath of the brain — including parts that are typically used for seeing and for moving.