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ERIC Number: EJ949395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 11
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Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0898-929X
Hebrew Brain vs. English Brain: Language Modulates the Way It Is Processed
Bick, Atira S.; Goelman, Gadi; Frost, Ram
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, v23 n9 p2280-2290 Sep 2011
Is language processing universal? How do the specific properties of each language influence the way it is processed? In this study, we compare the neural correlates of morphological processing in Hebrew--a Semitic language with a rich and systematic morphology, to those revealed in English--an Indo-European language with a linear morphology. Using fMRI, we show that while in the bilingual brain both languages involve a common neural circuitry in processing morphological structure, this activation is significantly modulated by the different aspects of language. Whereas in Hebrew, morphological processing is independent of semantics, in English, morphological activation is clearly modulated by semantic overlap. These findings suggest that the processes involved in reading words are not universal, and therefore impose important constraints on current models of visual word recognition.
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Language: English
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