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          Institute: MPI für biologische Kybernetik     Collection: Biologische Kybernetik     Display Documents



ID: 312127.0, MPI für biologische Kybernetik / Biologische Kybernetik
Language control in the bilingual brain
Authors:Crinion, J.; Turner, R.; Grogan, A.; Hanakawa, T.; Noppeney, U.; Devlin, J.; Aso, T.; Urayama, S.; Fukuyama, H.; Stockton, K.; Usui, K.; Green, D.; Price, C.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2006-06
Title of Journal:Science
Volume:312
Issue / Number:5779
Start Page:1537
End Page:1540
Audience:Not Specified
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:How does the bilingual brain distinguish and control which language is in use? Previous functional imaging experiments have not been able to answer this question because proficient bilinguals activate the same brain regions irrespective of the language being tested. Here, we reveal that neuronal responses within the left caudate are sensitive to changes in the language or the meaning of words. By demonstrating this effect in populations of German-English and Japanese-English bilinguals, we suggest that the left caudate plays a universal role in monitoring and controlling the language in use.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Holger Fischer
Affiliations:MPI für biologische Kybernetik/Psychophysics (Dept. Bülthoff)
Identifiers:LOCALID:4082
URL:http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/312/5779/153...
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