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Familiar and newly learned words are processed by the same neural networks in the brain
Date:8/28/2009

re learned words retained?

The research team are now working on a follow-up study to explore the retention of learned words. Is it possible to detect in brain activation some specific phenomenon that predicts good retention of learned knowledge up to several months after learning?

"We are also conducting a separate series of experiments to find out how our brain learns phonetic structures and, on the other hand, how the brain learns to identify letter combinations that are typical of a certain language," Riitta Salmelin explains.

Another area of interest in the ongoing study is the role of grammar in language learning. The focus here is to explore how the brain learns to use the vocabulary and grammatical structure of an experimental miniature language.


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Contact: Professor Riitta Salmelin
riitta@neuro.hut.fi
358-945-12950
Academy of Finland
Source:Eurekalert

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