Brain dynamics of Arabic reading

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Subtitle: a magnetoencephalographic study
Author list: Maestu F
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Publication year: 2005
Volume number: 16
Issue number: 16
Start page: 1861
End page: 1864
Number of pages: 4
ISSN: 0959-4965
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Arabic writing differs greatly from western scripts. To evaluate the
influence of written Arabic on the pattern of language-related brain
activation, a group of native Arab speakers and a control group of
native Spanish speakers were scanned with magnetoencephalography during a
reading task. In both groups, brain activity was strongly left
lateralized during the time window between 200 and 500 ms after stimulus
onset. During late latencies (beyond 500 ms), however, the right and
the left hemispheres reached a similar activation level in the Arabic
but not in the Spanish group. This suggests a time-dependent role of
both hemispheres during Arabic language reading.


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