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Feb. 11, 2014
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The discovery of three neural networks that support syntactic processing in language

The authors thoroughly examined patients with a left frontal glioma by using magnetic resonance imaging scans and syntactic judgment tasks in Japanese, and they established qualitatively different types of agrammatic comprehension, depending on glioma location. Moreover, they identified three neural networks that support syntactic processing in language. These results are expected to be useful in the treatment of language disorders and in the improvement of language rehabilitation.

Researcher Information

Research Area : "Elucidation of the Principles of Formation and Function of the Brain Neural Network and Creation of Control Technologies",
Research Theme: "Elucidation of working principles within neural networks controlling language"

Journal Information

Published in the scientific journal "Brain"
Kinno R, Ohta S, Muragaki Y, Maruyama T, Sakai KL
“Differential reorganization of three syntax-related networks induced by a left frontal glioma”Brain,
doi: 10.1093/brain/awu013


[About Research]
Kuniyoshi L. Sakai, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
HP: http://mind.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/index.html

[About Program]
Life Innovation Group
Department of Innovation Research
Japan Science and Technology Agency
Takashi Kawaguchi
HP: http://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken/crest/en/


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