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The objective of this study was to reveal the oscillatory activity in the occipitotemporal area related to the visual perception of the letters of first (L1) and second languages (L2) and pseudoletters. We recorded neuromagnetic signals while Korean native speakers were exposed to a phonogram of Korean, acquired at school age as their L1 (Hangul), that of(More)
We compared neural activation detected by magnetoencephalography (MEG) during tactile presentation of words and non-words in a postlingually deaf-blind subject and six normal volunteers. The left postcentral gyrus, bilateral inferior frontal gyri, left posterior temporal lobe, right anterior temporal lobe, bilateral middle occipital gyri were activated when(More)
Cerebral dominance for language function was investigated with synthetic aperture magnetometry (SAM). The results were compared with those of the Wada test. SAM is a spatial filtering technique that enables demonstration of the spatiotemporal distribution of oscillatory changes (synchronization and desynchronization) in magnetoencephalography (MEG) signals(More)
Identifying potentially unique features of the human cerebral cortex is a first step to understanding how evolution has shaped the brain in our species. By analyzing MR images obtained from 177 humans and 73 chimpanzees, we observed a human-specific asymmetry in the superior temporal sulcus at the heart of the communication regions and which we have named(More)
To clarify the neural mechanisms of lexical access and selection of contextually appropriate meanings for ambiguous words, we investigated the spatio-temporal characteristics of neural activities during silent reading and semantic judgment of lexically ambiguous or unambiguous target words that were preceded by semantically related or unrelated words by(More)
The aim of this study was to verify the relation between gamma-band activity and process of function words. We recorded the neuromagnetic signals in six healthy volunteers during silent reading of verbs (verb task) and forming of the past tenses (past-tense task) and investigated the spatio-temporal distribution of event-related desynchronization (ERD) and(More)
Situs inversus totalis (SI) is a rare condition in which all visceral organs are arranged as mirror images of the usual pattern. The objective of this study was to determine whether SI individuals have reversed brain asymmetries. We performed a neuroimaging study on 3 SI subjects and 11 control individuals with normally arranged visceral organs. The(More)
To determine the time and location of lexico-semantic access, we measured neural activations by magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and estimated the neural sources by fMRI-assisted MEG multidipole analysis. Since the activations for phonological processing and lexico-semantic access were reported to overlap in many(More)
Functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to measure neural activations in subjects instructed to silently read novels at ordinary and rapid speeds. Among the 19 subjects, 8 were experts in a rapid reading technique. Subjects pressed a button to turn pages during reading, and the interval between turning pages was recorded to evaluate the reading(More)
We previously demonstrated that late electromyographic responses with a latency of 100 ms were evoked bilaterally in soleus muscles following transcranial magnetic stimulation over the left cerebellum. Efferent fibers from the left cerebellum modulate vestibulospinal tract influences on the extensor muscles of the left hindlimb. Here, we investigated(More)