Chinese semantic processing cerebral areas

Chinese Science Bulletin (Impact Factor: 1.37). 48(23):2607-2610. DOI: 10.1360/03wc0286

ABSTRACT This study has identified the active cerebral areas of normal Chinese that are associated with Chinese semantic processing
using functional brain imaging. According to the traditional cognitive theory, semantic processing is not particularly associated
with or affected by input modality. The functional brain imaging experiments were conducted to identify the common active
areas of two modalities when subjects perform Chinese semantic tasks through reading and listening respectively. The result
has shown that the common active areas include left inferior frontal gyrus (BA 44/45), left posterior inferior temporal gyrus
(BA37); the joint area of inferior parietal lobules (BA40) and superior temporal gyrus, the ventral occipital areas and cerebella
of both hemispheres. It gives important clue to further discerning the roles of different cerebral areas in Chinese semantic

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