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28 September 2017

How the brain finds the most appropriate word for us to use

Once we’ve learned to speak as children, talking feels like the easiest thing in the world to most of us. But exactly how the brain finds the most appropriate word for us to say next from a wide variety of possible options is a surprisingly poorly understood process. A new study suggests that a number of overlapping sections of the brain operate in unison to help us recollect the best word for any given situation from memory. Quite an achievement, considering that most adults have around 100,000 words in their vocabulary.

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