Thursday, November 12, 2009

Learning Hindi is good for your brain: India Today

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    • "Our results suggest bilateral activation-participation from both left and right hemispheres of the brain-for reading phrases in Devanagari," said Nandini Chatterjee Singh, who led the multi-disciplinary team of researchers.
    • The human brain does not have dedicated neurological circuits specifically meant for reading.

      Therefore, reading involves restructuring of the existing neural architecture or activation of certain areas of the brain depending on the script one is reading.

    • English, which uses the Roman script, is alphabetic. That is, it has vowels and consonants that are written linearly from left to right. Reading English-and other alphabetic languages-involves activation of areas in the left hemisphere of the brain.