Brain activity the same whether reading Chinese or French

12/2/2012 | ScientificAmerican.com

Researchers have found that people use the same part of their brain even while reading vastly different language systems -- such as logographic characters for Chinese or the Western alphabet for French. Past studies have presumed a difference between the brain function required for reading a one character word and the function required for reading a word made of multiple letters. A better understanding of brain activity during reading could help educators improve literacy learning strategies, this article states.

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