October 5


Brain Scans of People Reading and Listening to Podcasts Look the Same

By Peter Julian

While reading a book and listening to podcasts are usually viewed as two completely separate activities, studies show that the same neurological and emotional parts of the brain are activated during both activities. This is a promising perspective for those who have neurologically atypical functionality. This research means that the brain in general may process information the same way, regardless of whether a person is engaging with material via hearing the information or reading the information. It means that people with different learning styles are actually more similar than previously thought. This research may also positively affect the recovery of people with impaired speech.

Key Takeaways:

  • Neuroscientists have created an interactive map that shows what happens in the brain when you read stories.
  • People process semantic information in a similar manner, whether they are reading a book or listening to an audio book or podcast.
  • Future studies will include people who speak languages other than English, as well as people with language-based learning disorders.

“The semantic maps can also inform interventions for dyslexia, a widespread, neurodevelopmental language-processing disorder that impairs reading.”

Read more: https://curiosity.com/topics/brain-scans-of-people-reading-and-listening-to-podcasts-look-the-same-curiosity

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