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ERIC Number: EJ863337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0898-929X
On the Functional Neuroanatomy of Visual Word Processing: Effects of Case and Letter Deviance
Kronbichler, Martin; Klackl, Johannes; Richlan, Fabio; Schurz, Matthias; Staffen, Wolfgang; Ladurner, Gunther; Wimmer, Heinz
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, v21 n2 p222-229 Feb 2009
This functional magnetic resonance imaging study contrasted case-deviant and letter-deviant forms with familiar forms of the same phonological words (e.g., "TaXi" and "Taksi" vs. "Taxi") and found that both types of deviance led to increased activation in a left occipito-temporal region, corresponding to the visual word form area (VWFA). The sensitivity of the VWFA to both types of deviance may suggest that this region represents well-known visual words not only as sequences of abstract letter identities but also includes information on the typical case-format pattern of visual words. Case-deviant items, in addition, led to increased activation in a right occipito-temporal region and in a left occipital and a left posterior occipito-temporal region, which may reflect increased demands on letter processing posed by the case-deviant forms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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