Glossary

Broca's area

A brain region involved in the production of spoken language.

diffusion imaging

A brain scanning technique that detects the pathways of nerve fibers.

fMRI

Functional magnetic resonance imaging. This brain scanning technique detects blood flow as an indicator of neural activity.

lesion

Abnormal tissue in an organism due to injury or disease.

neuron

A cell that carries electrical signals in the body; i.e. a nerve cell.

neuroscience

The study of the structure and function of the nervous system and brain.

primate

A animal of the order Primates. Primates include lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans.

Wernicke's area

A brain region involved in the comprehension of spoken language.