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April 30, 2009

University of Tokyo researchers discover area of brain related to foreign language grammar ability

Brain.jpgThe Mainichi reported today that University of Tokyo researchers have discovered an area of the brain related to foreign language grammar proficiency. The research was carried out on Japanese junior/senior high school students and on overseas students in Japan. The results were published in the science journal, 'Human Brain Mapping' this week.

The Mainichi reported that: 'They discovered that those with a left inferior frontal gyrus larger than their right tended to score better results on an English grammar test. However, there appeared to be no correlation with spelling and vocabulary test scores.'. They also said that the discovery demonstrates that 'some people are more naturally disposed to learning foreign grammar than others, regardless of age or experience.' However, it is unclear whether the size of this area of the brain is the cause or effect of increased grammar ability.

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