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July 24, 2013


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As usual with popular science reporting, the actual study is buried 4/5ths of the way through the article and summarized in 2 sentences:

"In a study, the brains of 27 volunteers were scanned as they learned made-up words. They found hearing and then verbally imitating speech was key to understanding."

I'd like to know more about how the words were taught. I've learned a lot of made-up words from books... animagus, mithril, Newspeak, tesseract, hydra... perhaps it's a measure of what's easy to engage with, but not a measure of how well learning happens when the learner is well-engaged.

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