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Broca's area in the human brain is involved in the selection of grammatical gender for language production: Evidence from event- related functional magnetic resonance imaging

Heim, S, Opitz, Bertram and Friederici, Angela D (2002) Broca's area in the human brain is involved in the selection of grammatical gender for language production: Evidence from event- related functional magnetic resonance imaging Neuroscience Letters, 328 (2). pp. 101-104.

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Abstract

The neural correlates of the selection of grammatical gender during overt picture naming were investigated by event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging in the left hemisphere. Relative to simply naming a picture, the production of the definite determiner of the picture name (requiring gender selection) resulted exclusively in pronounced activation of a single region in the superior portion of Broca's area. This activation was not present in contrasts reflecting lexical access (naming a picture vs. saying “jaja” to a smiley) or articulation (saying “jaja” vs. rest). Rather, lexical access activated other inferior frontal regions, insula, fusiform and inferior temporal gyrus. Articulation involved insula, Rolandic operculum, motor and premotor cortex and superior temporal gyrus. The results are discussed with respect to data from studies investigating gender processing during language comprehension.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Heim, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Opitz, BertramUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Friederici, Angela DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 9 August 2002
Identification Number : 10.1016/S0304-3940(02)00494-9
Additional Information : © 2002. This abstract is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Depositing User : Bertram Opitz
Date Deposited : 01 Sep 2015 10:19
Last Modified : 01 Sep 2015 10:19
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/754181

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