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Broca's Area


Broca's area

This image shows Broca's area and Wernicke's area.

Credit: National Institutes of Health

Broca's Area:

Broca's area is one of the main areas of the cerebral cortex responsible for producing language. This region of the brain was named for French neurosurgeon Paul Broca who discovered the function of Broca's area while examining the brains of patients with language difficulties. This brain area controls motor functions involved with speech production. Persons with damage to Broca's area of the brain can understand language but cannot properly form words or produce speech. Broca's area is connected to another brain region known as Wernicke's area. Wernicke's area is associated with processing and understanding language.


Broca's area is involved in several functions of the body including:
  • Speech Production
  • Facial Neuron Control
  • Language Processing


Directionally, Broca's area is located in the lower portion of the left frontal lobe.


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