This semantic processing area is associated with some memory functions, especially the short-term memory involved in speech recognition and pro duction, as well as some hearing function and object identification. Wernicke's area is most often associated with language comprehension, the processing of incoming written or spoken language.
This distinction between speech and language is key to understanding the role of Wernicke's area to language. It does not simply affect spoken language, but also written and signed language. Wer-nicke's area works with Broca's area, Wernicke's handling incoming speech and Broca's handling outgoing speech.
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