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2018-Aug-20, 03:12 PM
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Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have identified the brain networks that allow you to think of an object name and then verbalize that thought.

The study appeared in the July issue of*BRAIN, and*represents a significant advance in the understanding of how the brain connects meaning to words and will help the planning of brain surgeries.

The team's discovery could help explain why people with neurodegenerative disease often forget the names of objects. An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's dementia. Described as the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon in healthy individuals, the inability to recall the name of items is a condition called anomia.

"Object naming has been a core method of study of anomia, but the processes that occur when we come up with these names, generally in less than a second, are not well understood. We mapped the brain regions responsible for naming objects with millimeter precision and studied their behavior at the millisecond scale," Nitin Tandon,*the study's senior author and professor in the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, said.
Ironically, the article did not give the name of the brain network. ;)

Roger E. Moore
2018-Aug-22, 02:43 AM
Ironically, the article did not give the name of the brain network. ;)

Ruined my joke. Dang.