Brain activation during the course of sentence comprehension

Naho Ikuta, Motoaki Sugiura, Yuko Sassa, Jobu Watanabe, Yuko Akitsuki, Kazuki Iwata, Naoki Miura, Hideyuki Okamoto, Yoshihiko Watanabe, Shigeru Sato, Kaoru Horie, Yoshihiko Matsue, Ryuta Kawashima

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The purpose of this study is to determine, by functional magnetic resonance imaging, how the activated regions of the brain change as a Japanese sentence is presented in a grammatically correct order. In this study, we presented constituents of a sentence to Japanese participants one by one at regular intervals. The results showed that the left lingual gyrus was significantly activated at the beginning of the sentence, then the left inferior frontal gyrus and left supplementary motor area, in the middle of the sentence, and the left inferior temporal gyrus, at the end of the sentence. We suggest that these brain areas are involved in sentence comprehension in this temporal order.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-161
Number of pages8
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 May


  • Brain imaging
  • Inferior frontal gyrus
  • Inferior temporal gyrus
  • Language
  • Lingual gyrus
  • On-line processing
  • Reading
  • Sentence comprehension
  • Supplementary motor area
  • fMRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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