The representation of the verb's argument structure as disclosed by fMRI

Assadollahi, Ramin, Meinzer, Marcus, Flaisch, Tobias, Obleser, Jonas and Rockstroh, Brigitte (2009) The representation of the verb's argument structure as disclosed by fMRI. BMC Neuroscience, 10 . doi:10.1186/1471-2202-10-3


Author Assadollahi, Ramin
Meinzer, Marcus
Flaisch, Tobias
Obleser, Jonas
Rockstroh, Brigitte
Title The representation of the verb's argument structure as disclosed by fMRI
Journal name BMC Neuroscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2202
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2202-10-3
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd.
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
In the composition of an event the verb's argument structure defines the number of participants and their relationships. Previous studies indicated distinct brain responses depending on how many obligatory arguments a verb takes. The present functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study served to verify the neural structures involved in the processing of German verbs with one (e.g. "snore") or three (e.g. "gives") argument structure. Within a silent reading design, verbs were presented either in isolation or with a minimal syntactic context ("snore" vs. "Peter snores").

Results
Reading of isolated one-argument verbs ("snore") produced stronger BOLD responses than three-argument verbs ("gives") in the inferior temporal fusiform gyrus (BA 37) of the left hemisphere, validating previous magnetoencephalographic findings. When presented in context one-argument verbs ("Peter snores") induced more pronounced activity in the inferior frontal gyrus (IFG) of the left hemisphere than three-argument verbs ("Peter gives").

Conclusion
In line with previous studies our results corroborate the left temporal lobe as site of representation and the IFG as site of processing of verbs' argument structure
Keyword Inferior Prefrontal Cortex
Sentence Comprehension
Brocas Area
Language Comprehension
Functional Anatomy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
 
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