Amazing Brain Map Shows Where Words Are Stored in Your Noggin Nature reports on an amazing new atlas of the human brain that reveals how we communicate.
Here is how this fascinating study is described in Nature.com:
"The meaning of language is represented in regions of the cerebral cortex collectively known as the "semantic system'. However, little of the semantic system has been mapped comprehensively, and the semantic selectivity of most regions is unknown. Here we systematically map semantic selectivity across the cortex using voxel-wise modelling of functional MRI (fMRI) data collected while subjects listened to hours of narrative stories. ... This study demonstrates that data-driven methods -- commonplace in studies of human neuroanatomy and functional connectivity -- provide a powerful and efficient means for mapping functional representations in the brain."