Linking sight and sound: fMRI evidence of primary auditory cortex activation during visual word recognition.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We describe two studies that used repetition priming paradigms to investigate brain activity during the reading of single words. Functional magnetic resonance images were collected during a visual lexical decision task in which nonword stimuli were manipulated with regard to phonological properties and compared to genuine English words. We observed a region in left-hemisphere primary auditory cortex linked to a repetition priming effect. The priming effect activity was observed only for stimuli that sound like known words; moreover, this region was sensitive to strategic task differences. Thus, a brain region involved in the most basic aspects of auditory processing appears to be engaged in reading even when there is no environmental oral or auditory component.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Haist, F; Song, AW; Wild, K; Faber, TL; Popp, CA; Morris, RD

Published Date

  • March 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 76 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 340 - 350

PubMed ID

  • 11247649

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0093-934X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1006/brln.2000.2433


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands