Do different writing systems involve distinct profiles of brain activation?

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Subtitle: A magnetoencephalography study
Author list: Valaki, C., Maestu, F., Simos, P.G., Ishibashi, H., Fernández, A., Amo, C., Ortiz, T.
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2003
Volume number: 16
Issue number: 4-5
Start page: 429
End page: 438
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0911-6044
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Abstract

Receptive language-specific cortical maps have been repeatedly verified through normative and clinical magnetoencephalography studies. However, different writing systems may entail distinct neuro-anatomical substrates, hence different brain activation patterns for reading the various types of script. The project presented here is an attempt to describe the brain mechanisms mediating printed word recognition in languages with complex writing systems, such as Japanese, in view of the implications for a neurolinguistic model of language processing. © 2003 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.


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