The Scientists at the University of California Berkley have been able to map the human brain’s innermost regions. Many people believe that these are the sections of the human brain where ideas take birth. Possibly, this is also the section that can be stated as the most complex neural formation in the human body. There are innumerable numbers of cells in this section of the brain and literally all of them are of different variety and serve different purposes for the brain.
The main motive behind the study was to understand the human brain’s ability to link words back to back and derive a meaning out of it. Many people believe that this is one of the simplest functions that the human brain does every day. The scientists also believe that with proper understanding of this section of the human brain, we could also design a device that would allow people who cannot speak to speak.
According to the statement by Alexander Huth, a postdoctoral neuroscience researcher at the University of California Berkley, “These semantic maps give us, for the first time, a detailed map of how meaning is represented across the human cortex. Rather than being limited to a few brain areas, we find that language engages very broad regions of the brain.” Huth also added that understanding of the brain will also aid in innovation for brain machine interfaces as well as improvement of artificial intelligence.
The scientists at Berkley worked with seven test subjects including Dr. Huth himself. As a part of the test, the subjects spent hours with eyes closed lying in utmost silence. In some scenarios they were also subjected to stories from the Moth Radio hour that is pretty popular in that region. According to the scientist, most of the subjects showed similar response from a similar section for words involving clothing and appearance. Although there were minor differences but they are possibly because of the fact that all of them are different individuals.
Alexander Huth also stated that, “These semantic maps give us, for the first time, a detailed map of how meaning is represented across the human cortex. Rather than being limited to a few brain areas, we find that language engages very broad regions of the brain.” The report has been published at the Journal Nature on Wednesday.