Summary #1406

To the brain, reading computer code is not the same as reading language

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  • Understanding code is neither done by language centers, nor by mathematical centers of the brain — it’s a whole different ball game.
  • This comes from a researcher who’s studying how different cognitive functions relate to language processing parts of the brain.
  • The study involved young programmers who analysed code while their brains were scanned.
  • People either say that great coders are great at language, or great at maths - neither seems to be true, and there is no single specialized area that lights up from coding.
  • The test activated the multiple demand network in participants’ brains, a wide network for performing mentally challenging tasks.

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