Language learning recruits general learning circuits. Image: Pixabay
Language is learned in evolutionary old brain structures

In contrast to what has been assumed until now, humans acquire language skills using brain regions that occur in animals that existed already before humans appeared on the face of the globe. Children learning their mother tongue, or adults learning a second language both use declarative and procedural memory systems that rats use, for instance, to navigate in their environment. These “general purpose” memory systems could be examined further for the study of language and language disabilities in humans.

Read the full story: Georgetown University Medical Center
Scientific publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences