A Bangor University expert believes the constant battle for prominence between words is a good example of the brain’s natural algorithms and architectures. This very interesting information came to us from BBC News in their article, “How does your brain pick one word from 50,000 in 0.6 seconds?

Dr Gary Oppenheim, of the university’s Language Production Lab, is working to reveal the science behind vocabulary by building a computer system which aims to mimic human word production and “learns as it speaks”.

Oppenheim, originally from Detroit, Michigan, argues the mind retrieves words by activating their “semantic features” – the elements that make up their meaning. He argues words are linked by their shared semantic features and are constantly reorganized and refined based on their usefulness in the recent past.

Melody K. Smith

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