Truth, Lies, and Language Processing

“At the same time your brain is deciding if a sentence or phrase makes grammatical sense, it’s also assessing the truth of the statement. That’s the conclusion of a study appearing in the March 18 issue of Science online.

To see how your brain deals with untrue statements and sentences that just don’t make sense, researchers from the Netherlands used two different brain-scanning technologies to determine which areas of the brain were activated for each circumstance.

‘Semantic interpretation and sentence verification are done in parallel,’ says the study’s lead author, Peter Hagoort, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Nijmegen and the director of the F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.” —Yahoo! News