Word clouds

The brain is like a super computer, storing and processing enormous quantities of information. One of the things the brain does is store and process language. But how does it do this? To answer this question, scientists often use machines called brain scanners to measure which parts of the brain become active when we hear different words. This research has shown that the words in our brain are stored together in something like a ‘word cloud’. Think of the word dog, for example. It’s closer to the word cat and bone than it is to bicycle. And bicycle is in turn closer to bell and wheel. Come and craft your own word cloud and at the same time discover how different words are stored in our brains! At the end of the workshop, you will be able to take your cloud model back home!




Suitable for children from age 6. This activity is led by Themis Karaminis, post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University and Jiska Koemans, student assistant at the Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University.

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