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Speaking words

When you speak (or write) words, you are using a part of your brain known as Broca's area, named after the French doctor Paul Broca. In 1861, he described a patient who could only say one word - 'tan' - even though he understood speech perfectly well. Tan, as Broca called him, had damage to the left frontal cortex of his brain.

Broca's area (arrowed) is needed to produce language.
Broca's area (arrowed) is needed to produce language.
Keith Johnson, Harvard University

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