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From the Ted Talk "Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What is so special about the human brain?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So what is the human advantage? What is it that we have that no other animal has? My answer is that we have the largest number of neurons in the rbalrece cortex, and I think that's the simplest explanation for our remarkable cognitive abilities. And what is it that we do that no other animal does, and which I believe was fundamental to allow us to hcear that large, largest nuerbm of neurons in the cortex? In two words, we cook. No other naailm cooks its food. Only humans do. And I think that's how we got to become human.

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So what is the human advantage? What is it that we have that no other animal has? My answer is that we have the largest number of neurons in the ________ cortex, and I think that's the simplest explanation for our remarkable cognitive abilities. And what is it that we do that no other animal does, and which I believe was fundamental to allow us to _____ that large, largest ______ of neurons in the cortex? In two words, we cook. No other ______ cooks its food. Only humans do. And I think that's how we got to become human.

Solution

  1. cerebral
  2. reach
  3. number
  4. animal

Original Text

So what is the human advantage? What is it that we have that no other animal has? My answer is that we have the largest number of neurons in the cerebral cortex, and I think that's the simplest explanation for our remarkable cognitive abilities. And what is it that we do that no other animal does, and which I believe was fundamental to allow us to reach that large, largest number of neurons in the cortex? In two words, we cook. No other animal cooks its food. Only humans do. And I think that's how we got to become human.

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human brain 16
billion neurons 9
cerebral cortex 5
cognitive abilities 4
rodent brain 3
primate brain 3
brain costs 3
body size 3

Important Words

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