How Words Take Shape in the Brain

September 12, 2013

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Podcasts and brain science are a match made in heaven! Which is why if you haven’t heard it already, we strongly recommend taking a listen to NPR’s fantastic podcast, How Words Take Shape in the Brain. Just like in the process of Graphic Recording,  your brain is constantly thinking in pictures and literally translating “words” into images. In fact, your brain appears to be constantly taking words, which are really just arbitrary symbols, and translating them into actual images of based of your past experiences. VisualsOnTheBrain Research like this adds to the evidence that the human brain is not processing language in some special module, but rather distributing information through a series of filters and processing information via a database of pre-existing sensory images. To practice your hand at transcribing words into visuals, view our Tips & Tricks Video by Heather Willems or visit our Resources page with more information about DIY Graphic Recording!