‘Moth Radio’ Helps Berkeley Scientists Map the Brain

UC Berkeley scientists recently used audio from “The Moth Radio Hour” to study where we file away the meanings of words in our brains, giving researchers an unprecedented window into how we interpret language. Seven volunteers were brain-scanned as they listened to more than two hours of the storytelling program (that airs on KCRW), and then the scientists used those scans to map where we store the meanings we attach to words in our minds. The findings could ultimately be used to help people with difficulty speaking, like stroke victims.