Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Pleasure of Learning New Words

Recent research shows that learning new words triggers the reward circuits of our brain—making it a pleasure to learn and study terminology.  Like you didn't already know that!

In a study published in the journal Current Biology, researchers have experimentally proved that human adult word learning exhibits activation not only of language regions of the cerebral cortex, but also of the ventral striatum (VS)—a core region of reward processing.

Results confirm that the motivation to learn new words is preserved throughout the lifespan, helping infants learn their first language and adults to acquire a second language.

Want to know more?


The Role of Reward in Word Learning and Its Implications for Language Acquisition
  • P RipollĂ©s, et al. Current Biology. 3 November 2014. Vol 24. Issue 21. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.044
  • Original research article.
  • my-ap.us/1Dzod24


Learning a new word stimulates the same region of the brain as sex
  • F. MacDonald  Science Alert. 29 OCT 2014
  • Plain English summary of the research.
  • my-ap.us/1ALmipP


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Some content adapted from a press release.

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