Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley wanted to know how our brain pieces out the meaning of language. So they hooked up seven volunteers to an fMRI machine that tracks brain activity and had them listen to episodes of a highly engaging narrative podcast. The result is a 3D atlas of where your brain groups words together, which they found is relatively similar among individuals. You can see it for yourself with this interactive made by the researchers. Alexander Huth
Claire Maldarelliis the Science Editor at Popular Science. She has a particular interest in brain science, the microbiome, and human physiology. In addition to Popular Science, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, and Scholastic’s Science World and Super Science magazines, among others. She has a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from the University of California, Davis and a master’s in science journalism from New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. Contact the author here.