science museum

Language pathways in your brain

We now know that there is a complex network between the areas of your brain that were originally thought to control speaking (Broca's area) and understanding words (Wernicke's area). About half of the brain is involved in the understanding and production of language. When you speak a word that you have read or heard, the message goes to the parts of your brain concerned with seeing or hearing, and then to both language areas before an instruction is sent to other areas concerned with movement of the tongue and lips.


Science Museum Home Page Who am I? Science Museum Home Page