Language is processed in the temporal lobes, on the sides of your brain, next to you temples.
Different areas in the temporal lobes (mostly on the left side) deal with different aspects of language. For instance, the Wernicke area supports your ability to understand words. The Broca area, on the other hand, is the one that allows you to produce language or articulate words.
Let’s try a fun brain teaser to help exercise your brain’s language areas…are you ready to stimulate all those neurons in your temporal lobes?
Read each definition and try to find the corresponding word.
(Answers are below, but don’t check them until you have tried!)
Tease your brain:
_________________ = A plant having a permanently woody main stem, usually growing to a high height, and developing branches at some distance from the ground.
_________________ = A large, usually tawny-yellow cat, native to Africa and southern Asia, having a tufted tail.
_________________ = The nutritious, orange to yellow root of a plant of the parsley family.
_________________ = An article of furniture consisting of a flat top supported on one or more legs.
_________________ = An institution where instruction is given.
_________________ = A moving cage for carrying passengers from one level to another.
_________________ = A device for transmission of sound or speech to a distant point
_________________ = a body of water of considerable size, surrounded by land.
_________________ = A domestic fowl bred for its flesh, eggs, and feathers.
_________________ = A shallow, usually circular dish from which food is eaten.
_________________ = A precipitation in the form of ice crystals.
_________________ = Any circulating medium of exchange
Pascale Michelon, PhD is a scientist, educator, and contributing author to The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age.
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