…And The Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain…
Loved those guys when I was little.
Tonight, I was talking with my brother (the neuroscience one) about how language and math show up in the brain, specifically grammar and foreign language for the language stuff, and then algebra for the math stuff.
It turns out that, the algebra shows up with lights all over the brain, whenever we do it.
Language understanding and production are from specific, individual areas that interact with one another.
And the functional parts of language (think syntax) actually work more like the algebra does in the brain, with lights all over the place.
And so, it makes perfect sense that languages have seemed to me to be the same thing as algebra – I have always referred to them as math, and in various ways, and that is exactly how I see them in my head.
We even talked about how, algebraically, I personally see sentence structure across the languages.
Basically, we turned my nerdy question into an even nerdier conversation, and it was awesome.
Now, I know that I definitely want to see a brain lighting pattern test of my brain, especially around math and languages and grammar!