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Comprehension of computer code relies primarily on domain-general executive brain regions
Computer programming is a novel cognitive tool that has transformed modern society. What cognitive and neural mechanisms support this skill? Here, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate two candidate brain systems: the multiple demand (MD) system, typically recruited during math, logic, problem solving, and executive tasks, and the language system, typically recruited during linguistic processing. We examined MD and language system responses to code written in Python, adoi:10.7554/elife.58906 fatcat:xq7kew27afb5po73e2xy6jqgqe