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Found in Translation: Universal Brain Activity When People Find Meaning in Stories, Regardless of Language and CODE?

Found in Translation: Universal Brain Activity When People Find Meaning in Stories, Regardless of LanguageAbstract
Decoding the neural representation of story meanings across languages

Drawing from a common lexicon of semantic units, humans fashion narratives whose meaning transcends that of their individual utterances. However, while brain regions that represent lower-level semantic units, such as words and sentences, have been identified, questions remain about the neural representation of narrative comprehension, which involves inferring cumulative meaning. 

To address these questions, we exposed English, Mandarin, and Farsi native speakers to native language translations of the same stories during fMRI scanning. Using a new technique in natural language processing, we calculated the distributed representations of these stories (capturing the meaning of the stories in high-dimensional semantic space), and demonstrate that using these representations we can identify the spec…

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