Friday, July 20, 2007

Spicy Lion-Eating, Chinese-Speaking, Chimp Brains

Recent studies suggest that native Chinese and English speakers, respectively, may process math problems in different areas of the brain
Researchers used brain imaging to see which parts of the brain were active while people did simple addition problems, such as 3 plus 4 equals 7. All participants were working with Arabic numerals which are used in both cultures.

Both groups engaged a portion of the brain called the inferior parietal cortex, which is involved in quantity representation and reading.

But native English speakers also showed activity in a language processing area of the brain, while native Chinese speakers used a brain region involved in the processing of visual information, according to the report in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
From Livescience.

Also, to spark your imagination: "Found: the giant lion-eating chimps of the magic forest" (super-size chimps that kill and eat leopards and lions).

Finally, please have some respect for that bean and cheese burrito you consume this weekend: it's the product of thousands of years of culture and cultivation.

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