Processing of visually presented sentences in mandarin and English studied with fMRI

Chee, Michael W. L. and Caplan, David and Soon, Chun Siong and Sriram, N. and Tan, Edsel W. L. and Thiel, Thorsetn and Weekes, Brendan S (1999) Processing of visually presented sentences in mandarin and English studied with fMRI. Neuron, 23 (1). pp. 127-137. ISSN 0896-6273. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Comprehension of visually presented sentences in fluent bilinguals was studied with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) using a set of conceptually similar sentences in two orthographically and phonologically distinct languages, Mandarin and English. Responses were monitored during scanning. Sentence comprehension in each language was compared to fixation in nine subjects and Tamil-like pseudo-word strings in five subjects. Spatially congruent activations in the prefrontal, temporal, and superior parietal regions and in the anterior supplementary motor area were observed for both languages and in both experiments at the individual and group levels of analysis. Proficient bilinguals exposed to both languages early in life utilize common neuroanatomical regions during the conceptual and syntactic processing of written language irrespective of their differences in surface features.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: M. Nasiriavanaki
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2009 06:30
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 10:18
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