Top-down processing of symbolic meanings modulates the visual word form area.

@article{Song2012TopdownPO,
  title={Top-down processing of symbolic meanings modulates the visual word form area.},
  author={Yiying Song and Moqian Tian and Jia Liu},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2012},
  volume={32 35},
  pages={12277-83}
}
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies on humans have identified a region in the left middle fusiform gyrus consistently activated by written words. This region is called the visual word form area (VWFA). Recently, a hypothesis, called the interactive account, is proposed that to effectively analyze the bottom-up visual properties of words, the VWFA receives predictive feedback from higher-order regions engaged in processing sounds, meanings, or actions associated with words… CONTINUE READING