Wednesday, March 2, 2011

brain can move around language function

Now, a study from MIT neuroscientists shows that in individuals born blind, parts of the visual cortex are recruited for language processing. The finding suggests that the visual cortex can dramatically change its function -- from visual processing to language -- and it also appears to overturn the idea that language processing can only occur in highly specialized brain regions that are genetically programmed for language tasks.

Until now, no such evidence existed for flexibility in language processing. Previous studies of congenitally blind people had shown some activity in the left visual cortex of blind subjects during some verbal tasks, such as reading Braille, but no one had shown that this might indicate full-fledged language processing.

Aside - am encouraging my deaf friend 'C' to learn Morse Code too.
Think it'd be fun to tap out secret messages.

D: I learned it with this variation of NATO call signs.

Update - many thanks to the Espo virtual magnetic poetry site maker.
He's been incredibly helpful!
Does anybody have the audio tapes that came with an orange Espo reader from the 1970s? LOL darn thing has more reference to macrame...

I'm on track to be basically proficient mid-month March.
I hope to have an Espo chat group set up locally by May.

From there, thinking a language Congress and trying Toki Pona.

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