Neural substrates of passively listening to Japanese and English words, nonsense words by Japanese subjects: An fMRI study

Chang Cai, Takanori Kochiyama, Hukuhiro Kagawa, Risa Michihara, Kunihiko Osaka, Jinglong Wu

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In the present study we mainly aimed to investigate the function of the inferior frontal gyrus, by means of passively listening to Japanese words, nonsense words, English words, nonsense words respectively by Japanese subjects using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). English words and nonsense words activated the dorsal parts of bilateral inferior frontal cortex more extensive than Japanese words and nonsense words, which might imply the implicit silent repetition might lake place during English stimuli listening for better perception. The ventral parts of left inferior frontal cortex were activated by Japanese and English words conditions than nonsense words conditions of the two languages confirms its function in lexical or semantic processing. We also found the activation of visual cortex by Japanese especially by the Japanese nonsense words than English, which may be correlated to the characteristic of Japanese in which the phoneme and grapheme are one-to-one mapping to some extent.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 SICE-ICASE International Joint Conference
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 SICE-ICASE International Joint Conference - Busan, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Oct 18 2006Oct 21 2006

Publication series

Name2006 SICE-ICASE International Joint Conference


Other2006 SICE-ICASE International Joint Conference
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Auditory
  • English
  • Functional segregation
  • Inferior frontal gyrus
  • Japanese
  • Speech perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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