Scientists Looking at Programmers’ Brains see more Language than Mathematics: The Neuroscience of Programming
I’m not convinced that our ability to image brains is actually telling us much about cognition yet. I did find this result surprising, that our understanding of programming languages seems more linguistic than mathematical
Scientists are finding that there may be a deeper connection between programming languages and other languages then previously thought. Brain-imaging techniques, such as fMRI allow scientists to compare and contrast different cognitive tasks by analyzing differences in brain locations that are activated by the tasks. For people that are fluent in a second language, studies have shown distinct developmental differences in language processing regions of the brain. A new study provides new evidence that programmers are using language regions of the brain when understanding code and found little activation in other regions of the brain devoted to mathematical thinking.