Navigation Links
Researchers map brain areas vital to understanding language
Date:11/21/2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. When reading text or listening to someone speak, we construct rich mental models that allow us to draw conclusions about other people, objects, actions, events, mental states and contexts. This ability to understand written or spoken language, called "discourse comprehension," is a hallmark of the human mind and central to everyday social life. In a new study, researchers uncovered the brain mechanisms that underlie discourse comprehension.

The study appears in Brain: A Journal of Neurology.

With his team, study leader Aron Barbey, a professor of neuroscience, of psychology, and of speech and hearing science at the University of Illinois, previously had mapped general intelligence, emotional intelligence and a host of other high-level cognitive functions. Barbey is the director of the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois.

To investigate the brain regions that underlie discourse comprehension, the researchers studied a group of 145 American male Vietnam War veterans who sustained penetrating head injuries during combat. Barbey said these shrapnel-induced injuries typically produced focal brain damage, unlike injuries caused by stroke or other neurological disorders that affect multiple regions. These focal injuries allowed the researchers to pinpoint the structures that are critically important to discourse comprehension.

"Neuropsychological patients with focal brain lesions provide a valuable opportunity to study how different brain structures contri
'/>"/>

Contact: Chelsey B. Coombs
diya@illinois.edu
217-333-5802
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Researchers gain fuller picture of cell protein reactions
2. Scripps oceanography researchers engineer breakthrough for biofuel production
3. USF researchers show invasive sparrows immune cells sharpen as they spread
4. Researchers use CT and 3-D printers to recreate dinosaur fossils
5. Natural compound mitigates effects of methamphetamine abuse, University of Missouri researchers find
6. Researchers classify urban residential desert landscapes
7. Researchers test effects of LEDs on leaf lettuce
8. Researchers develop new approach to identify possible ecological effects of releasing genetically engineered insects
9. Researchers capture structure of key part of deadly Nipah virus
10. Researchers identify main genes responsible for asthma attacks in children
11. Northeastern researchers have discovered a new treatment to cure MRSA infection
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Researchers map brain areas vital to understanding language
(Date:8/11/2015)... GOTHENBURG, Sweden , August 11, 2015 ... sensor FPC1155. Already received as well as expected revenues in 2015 ... included in FPC,s communicated revenue guidance of approximately 2,200 MSEK for ... is a prominent smartphone manufacturer ... ZUK selected FPC1 155 ...
(Date:8/6/2015)... CITY, Calif. , Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... Valley) will visit Crossmatch ™ to learn ... networks and protect data. Crossmatch is a world ... whose technologies and expertise are helping federal agencies ... efficiency and security.   "The vast ...
(Date:8/5/2015)... -- According to a new market research ... Vertical (BFSI, Airport, IT & Telecom, Utilities, Education, Defense ... 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, defines and segments the Physical ... The global PIAM Market is estimated to grow from ... at a CAGR of 14.9 % from 2014 to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):FPC's Touch Fingerprint Sensor FPC1155 in ZUK's Smartphone Z1 2Rep. Honda to Visit Crossmatch in Redwood City 2Physical Identity and Access Management Market Worth $546.2 Million by 2019 2Physical Identity and Access Management Market Worth $546.2 Million by 2019 3Physical Identity and Access Management Market Worth $546.2 Million by 2019 4
... Health & Science University (OHSU) and Intel Corp. ... that advance the field of personalized medicine by ... analyzing a patient,s individual genetic profile. Through a ... and scientists from the two institutions will develop ...
... developers may have a new tool to search for more ... that can model and catalogue the entire set of lightweight, ... The small-molecule universe has more than 10^60 (that,s 1 ... Beratan said that many of the world,s problems have molecular ...
... Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society Biological Sciences ... a global population that is simultaneously growing and increasing ... and social impoverishment. According to Michael T. ... (WHRC) and one of the issue,s co-editors, "One important ...
Cached Biology News:OHSU teams with Intel to decode the root causes of cancer and other complex diseases 2OHSU teams with Intel to decode the root causes of cancer and other complex diseases 3OHSU teams with Intel to decode the root causes of cancer and other complex diseases 4OHSU teams with Intel to decode the root causes of cancer and other complex diseases 5Scientists map all possible drug-like chemical compounds 2Scientists map all possible drug-like chemical compounds 3Ecology, economy and management of an agro-industrial Amazon frontier 2Ecology, economy and management of an agro-industrial Amazon frontier 3
(Date:8/26/2015)... , Aug. 26, 2015  Platform therapeutic ... it has received a $1.5M Phase II SBIR ... to further develop its therapeutic agent to reduce ... need in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients ... National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... , August 26, 2015 Israel Proves Its ... wins 1 st place  Wayerz comes in 5 ... Israel by venture capital fund JVP, with Chinese ... US, China , Israel , ... .  Impressive achievement for the Israeli representatives in the ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... -- After litigating and negotiating patent infringement claims ... United States patent RE43,651 (the ,651 ... the United States without any admission or concession ... As a result of the parties, settlement, the US District ... dismissed the case without prejudice. Under the ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... ... August 26, 2015 , ... PRC Clinical, ... new business relationships with local sponsors in southern California. The Clinical Trial Management Expert ... development processes and regulatory pathways., , Stem Cell Meeting ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Symic Biomedical Awarded $1.5MM NIH Phase II SBIR Grant to Develop its Proteoglycan Mimetic Therapeutics to Reduce Vascular Access Failures in ESRD 2Symic Biomedical Awarded $1.5MM NIH Phase II SBIR Grant to Develop its Proteoglycan Mimetic Therapeutics to Reduce Vascular Access Failures in ESRD 3Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 2Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 3Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 4Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 5Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 6P2i Settles United States Litigation 2PRC Clinical To Attend Major Industry Conferences And Meet Sponsor Companies In The San Diego Biotech Hub 2PRC Clinical To Attend Major Industry Conferences And Meet Sponsor Companies In The San Diego Biotech Hub 3
... Calif., Aug. 25, 2011 Emmy® and Tony® award-winning ... ) today launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures™, an educational ... for fractures. Earlier this year, Danner was diagnosed with ... to encourage women like her to educate themselves, take ...
... 25, 2011 SyntheMed, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ... announced that its stockholders approved the planned merger with ... today.  In excess of 99% of the votes cast ... merger with Pathfinder was previously announced and is described ...
... Hikma Pharmaceuticals reports lower-than-expected 3.2% increase in revenues ... The international drug developer says that political ... some key countries like Egypt and Tunisia. ... Hikma CEO Said Darwazah says that production is back ...
Cached Biology Technology:Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 2Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 3Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 4Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 5Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 6Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 7SyntheMed, Inc. Announces Stockholder Approval of Planned Merger With Pathfinder, LLC 2SyntheMed, Inc. Announces Stockholder Approval of Planned Merger With Pathfinder, LLC 3
... E. coli strain containing an overproducing clone ... Reverse Transcriptase catalyzes the polymerization of DNA ... Full-length copies of large mRNAs, >10 kb, ... a much lower RNase H activity than ...
... I catalyzes the template-directed polymerization of nucleotides ... DNA Polymerase I possesses a 3?5 exonuclease ... error rate during DNA replication, and also ... the enzyme to replace nucleotides in the ...
Request Info...
... yeast/leuconostoc overproducer ATP: D-hexose 6- ... One unit of HK will ... in 1 min at 25C ... of G6P-DH will oxidize 1 ...
Biology Products: