When you are talking to a stranger, can you talk to your tongue?
The word “tongue” is a very familiar one, and it’s often used in a humorous context.
It is also commonly used to describe a person’s ability to understand or communicate verbally.
For example, if you’re talking to your spouse, “you’re talking like a married couple,” or “your wife is talking like she has a boyfriend,” or perhaps you’re a dog owner who likes to bark.
However, a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that when people are talking with a stranger using their tongue, they’re actually communicating with their brains rather than their tongue.
“When we are talking, the brain does more than just read the words we’re saying,” says David A. Stump, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.
“We also use our brains to make predictions and make predictions about how those words will sound, and then we use those predictions to make decisions about what to say.”
The study involved 32 people who were both familiar with and unfamiliar with each other, and all spoke to a random stranger who was also familiar with them.
They all had a pair of microphones and headsets strapped to their head and mouths.
The microphones recorded audio from each person’s mouth and then recorded the sound of the stranger’s voice as they talked.
The headset recorded audio using a computer.
Stumps and his team then played the audio back to each person.
When they played the same audio to the strangers in the same order, the two groups had different predictions about what the stranger was going to say.
“This is the kind of cognitive dissonance that occurs when you’re trying to understand someone’s speech,” Stump says.
“It seems that when we are trying to communicate with a person, our brains are making more predictions about the words that we’re trying out than we are actually using the words.”
When people were trying to talk with strangers using their tongues, their brain predicted that the stranger would be using the word “silly” more than the person’s own language.
“But when we were talking to them using their own language, their brains were predicting the exact opposite,” Stumps says.
They predicted that when the person spoke in a language that they were familiar with, they would say things like “that’s silly” more often than when they were speaking in a non-native language.
Stumpy thinks this shows that people’s brain is making more guesses about what someone is going to do than what they actually say.
He says this could be a clue that we humans are better at using our language than other animals.
“The more we understand about the way that our language works, the more we can use that knowledge to understand how to communicate more effectively with people,” he says.
The study was published online March 12 in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.