2007.12.12 15:15

Bilingual Brain

An interesting abstract from J. Neurosci. Table of Contents update.
The Neural Cost of the Auditory Perception of Language Switches: An
Event-Related Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study in Bilinguals
    Jubin Abutalebi, Simona M. Brambati, Jean-Marie Annoni, Andrea Moro,
    Stefano F. Cappa, and Daniela Perani
    J. Neurosci. 2007;27 13762-13769
    http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi/content/abstract/27/50/13762?etoc
This reminds me of a previous study.
Language control in the bilingual brain.
Crinion J, Turner R, Grogan A, Hanakawa T, Noppeney U, Devlin JT, Aso T, Urayama S, Fukuyama H, Stockton K, Usui K, Green DW, Price CJ.

How does the bilingual brain distinguish and control which language is in use? Previous functional imaging experiments have not been able to answer this question because proficient bilinguals activate the same brain regions irrespective of the language being tested. Here, we reveal that neuronal responses within the left caudate are sensitive to changes in the language or the meaning of words. By demonstrating this effect in populations of German-English and Japanese-English bilinguals, we suggest that the left caudate plays a universal role in monitoring and controlling the language in use.

Science
9 June 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5779, pp. 1537 - 1540
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/312/5779/1537
I wonder what my brain looks like 이런 문장을 접할 때. (when I am exposed to a sentence like this.)
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2007.05.02 23:27

New Horizons: the Starry Night from Jupiter

New Horizons spacecraft, bound for poor Pluto, has just passed the Jupiter system and sent new looks of it. When I first saw this image earlier today, I had to get it on my desktop. Doesn't it look like van Gogh's touch?

더 이상 태양계 행성의 일부가 아닌 명왕성으로 떠난 New Horizons가 목성을 지나가면서 새로운 사진들을 보냈다고 한다. 오늘 아침 BBC에서 이 사진을 보자마자 NASA에서 원본 이미지를 찾아서 배경화면으로 만들었다. 고호의 "별이 빛나는 밤"이 떠오르지 않는지..

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If you haven't seen the Starry Night, here it is..
덤으로 "별이 빛나는 밤"도..

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Vincent Van Gogh, 1889, Oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art, New York City

무지하게 운이 좋게도, 난 플로리다 케네디 센터에서 대기 중인 New Horizons도 먼 발치에서 보고, 고호의 그림도 실물로 봤다.
Luckily, I have seen the real "Starry Night" at MOMA in New York (it's breathtaking!) and the New Horizons getting ready for launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in December 2005.

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More pictures from New Horizons..
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/news_center/news/050107_pressGraphics.htm
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