How Much Storage Space Does your Brain Need to Master Your Native Language?
I’ll bet you landed here, thinking that I’ve finally checked in at the “Cuckoo’s nest” or pretty dang close too it, right? Well you can hold your horses for a moment, because what I discovered below, was pretty amazing.
It turns out, according to scientists, that the human brain requires as much as 1.5 MB of Storage space to master your native language.
Just think, at one time, we were all babbling babies, with brains that produced only sounds no more complicated than adorable “coos”and “ahs”.But very soon during our early explorations, we began internalizing our first words and soon they began to have meaning.
Now, in a new study, researchers have discovered that learning a language between birth and age 18 is not as effortless as we may have thought. What a group of researchers reported on March 27 2019, in the journal Royal Society Open Science, is that they have found that an average English-speaking adult will likely have learned about 12.5 million bits of information related to the English language.
A “Bit” refers to information that is stored in 0’s and 1’s, which is the typical format used in digital devices like computers. The human brain encodes information in a different format, but bits are used as a control. These researchers’ estimates are based on a several calculations and computational models.
The authors wrote in their study, however surprising it seems, in terms of digital media storage, our knowledge of language almost fits snuggly on a floppy disk. In this situation, that would be a floppy that holds about 1.5 megabytes of information, or the equivalent of about a minute-long song as an Mp3 file.
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