Can we think without using language?

Can we think without using language?

Can we think without using language?

Humans have been expressing thoughts with language for tens of thousands (or maybe hundreds) of thousands of years. It’s a feature of our species — so much so that scientists once speculated that the ability for language was the main difference between us and other animals. And we’ve been wondering about each other’s thoughts for as long as we could talk about it.

“The ‘penny for your thoughts’ question is, I think, as old as humanity,” Russell Hurlburt, a research psychologist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who studies how people formulate thoughts, told Live Science. But how do scientists study the relationship between thought and language? And is it possible to think without words?