Wernicke's area

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Wer·nick·e's area

 (vĕr′nĭ-kēz, -kəz)
An area in the posterior left hemisphere of the brain cortex at the sylvian fissure that is important for language comprehension and speech.

[After Karl Wernicke (1848-1905), German neurologist.]
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Noun1.Wernicke's area - the auditory word center; located in the posterior part of the superior temporal convolution in most people
nerve center, nerve centre, center, centre - a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
language area, language zone - a large cortical area (in the left hemisphere in most people) containing all the centers associated with language
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For the study, Just, Robert Mason, senior research psychologist at CMU, and Chantel Prat, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Washington, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study precisely how the brains of 16 healthy adults adapted to the temporary incapacitation of the Wernicke area, the brain's key region involved in language comprehension.
Retrieval of phonological information has been associated with activation of the left posterior superior temporal region, the Wernicke area (Indefrey & Levelt, 2004; Keller, Carpenter, & Just, 2001; Kemeny et al.
But the investigators also appear to have found that perhaps the best area to treat in most individuals is the Wernicke area, which is the seat of receptive language function.