“Computer says no”

“Non-coders often associate programming with math, but researchers have used fMRI readings to discover a possible link to the language processing centers of our brains.”

~ Tina Amirtha

In this article, computer scientist Janet Siegmund, lead author of a study on whether computer science fall into the language area of the brain, claims that “it appears to be related.” There is also a debate over whether coding courses should count toward fulfilling math or foreign language requirements at universities.

Based on my own experience with these subjects, I have found almost no overlap between coding and language, and more so between math and coding. And computer science professionals with whom I’ve discussed this idea have vehemently denied coding is anything like learning a foreign language. I tend to agree.

What are your thoughts?


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