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

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The representation of the verb's argument structure as disclosed by fMRI
Authors: Ramin Assadollahi, Marcus Meinzer, Tobias Flaisch, Jonas Obleser, Brigitte Rockstro
Citation: BMC Neuroscience 10 : 3. 2009
Database(s): PubMed (PMID/19146655)
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2202-10-3.
Link(s): http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2202/10/3
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The representation of the verb's argument structure as disclosed by fMRI reports a functional magnetic resonance imaging study.

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[edit] 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").

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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").

[edit] 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.

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[edit] Isolated one-argument verbs (V1)


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[edit] Isolated three-argument verbs (V3)

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1 Right middle/inferior occipital 18 40 -86 -1 5.5 Brede Database Brede Wiki NeuroSynth SumsDB Not available
2 Left inferior occipital 19 40 -71 -15 5.1 Brede Database Brede Wiki NeuroSynth SumsDB Not available
3 Left inferior frontal 18/17 -36 -86 -6 5.4 Brede Database Brede Wiki NeuroSynth SumsDB Not available
4 Left inferior frontal 47 -48 27 -5 4.0 Brede Database Brede Wiki NeuroSynth SumsDB Not available
5 Left middle temporal 21 -61 -31 -3 3.7 Brede Database Brede Wiki NeuroSynth SumsDB Not available
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[edit] One-argument verbs in context (N1)


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[edit] Three-argument verbs in context (N3)


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