Neural Specialization for Letter Recognition

  title={Neural Specialization for Letter Recognition},
  author={Thad A. Polk and Matthew Stallcup and Geoffrey Karl Aguirre and David C. Alsop and Mark D'Esposito and John A. Detre and Martha J. Farah},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to estimate neural activity while subjects viewed strings of consonants, digits, and shapes. An area on or near the left fusiform gyrus was found that responded significantly more to letters than digits. Similar results were obtained when consonants were used whose visual features were matched with the digits and when an active matching task was used, suggesting that the results cannot be easily attributed to artifacts of the stimuli or task… CONTINUE READING
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