Navigation Links
Reading Arabic or English May Tax Brain Differently
Date:6/6/2011

MONDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that the brain's left and right sides interpret Arabic words in different ways.

The study, one of the few that have explored how the brain understands words and learns to read in Arabic, found that "differences in left and right brain function influence the recognition of words [on] each side of where a reader is looking on a page, but only when these words are outside of central vision," Abubaker Almabruk, a doctoral researcher from the United Kingdom's University of Leicester's School of Psychology, said in a university news release.

"This reveals both left/right brain specialization for reading and evidence that the two halves of the brain collaborate when making sense of words in central vision. Native Arabic readers recognize Arabic words most efficiently when they fixate these words at their very center," he explained.

"This shows that where we look in a word is very important for reading," Almabruk said. "And, the findings for Arabic are different from findings for English and other Western languages, which are read most efficiently by looking at a location between the beginning and middle of the word."

Why might differences exist in how people read different languages? One possibility could be the nature of the languages in print, he said.

"Arabic is read from right to left, and words are formed from cursive text," Almabruk said. "The letters in Arabic naturally join together, even in printed formats, much like hand-written text in English."

"The experimental approach that [Almabruk] has taken in his research promises to reveal a huge amount about how this language and other languages are read and understood," Kevin Paterson, of the University of Leicester's School of Psychology, said in the news release.

"Arabic is one of the oldest and most beautiful languages, and the second-most widely used language in the world, yet how it is read and understood has received surprisingly little attention," Paterson added.

Almabruk's study is scheduled to be presented June 16 at a University of Leicester meeting on post-graduate research. Experts note that research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary because it has not been subjected to the rigorous scrutiny given to research published in peer-reviewed journals.

More information

Rice University has more information on language and the brain.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: University of Leicester, news release, May 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Scientists Appear One Step Closer to Reading Minds
2. Why people with schizophrenia may have trouble reading social cues
3. Trapping prostate cancer cells to keep them from spreading provides hope
4. Reading in 2 colours at the same time
5. Anesthesiologists Spreading Germs During Surgery: Study
6. Widening our perceptions of reading and writing difficulties
7. NIH scientists identify mechanism responsible for spreading biofilm infections
8. Suite 101.com Provides Insight Into Consumer Reading Behavior Online
9. Reading the look of love
10. Reading Comes Easier for Kids When Rovers Around
11. Sun Reading Glasses Collection Debuts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Reading Arabic or English May Tax Brain Differently
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... TherapySites, the leading website ... Tennessee Counseling Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites to continue to ... adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely excited about this ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... A revolution ... the emergency ambulance transport experience for the millions of people who require these ... disrupted the taxi industry through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS has put ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... PLAINSBORO, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... same sources, yet in many ways they remain in the eye of the beholder, ... Oncology (EBO), a publication of The American Journal of Managed Care. For the full ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a ... can give their videos a whole new perspective by using the title layers ... Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... NC (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and ... to be personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two ... currently only offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Mass. , June 24, 2016   ... Spaulding Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for Tick ... Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University ... for Innovation, today announced the five finalists of ... for Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June ... -based mobile pulmonary function testing company, is now able to ... devices developed by ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. ... done in hospital-based labs.  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ... , can get any needed testing done in the comfort of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, ... less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, ... funding.  The Series-A funding is led by Innova ... Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, new financing ... instrumentation and the market release of its in-licensed ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: