To the Brain, All Languages Look Alike

In the brain, Chinese and English are more similar than they look on paper.

Scientists have long known the complex processes involved in reading for languages that involve alphabets, but now, a new study has looked at the processes and brain activity involved in character-based languages like Chinese. The upshot? The brain circuitry for alphabet-based languages and character-based languages is remarkably similar. This finding could have implications for treating reading disorders across many different languages.

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