A left-lateralized network for reading Chinese words: A 3 T fMRI study

Wen Jui Kuo, Tzu Chen Yeh, Jeng Ren Duann, Yu Te Wu, Low Tone Ho, Daisy Hung, Ovid J.L. Tzeng, Jen Chuen Hsieh*

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fMRI was used to investigate brain organization for reading in Chinese. Subjects were shown two-character Chinese words. A control task was used to eliminate the non-linguistic visual and motor confounds. Results show that naming of Chinese logographs is characterized by left-lateralized neuronal networks for the processing of orthographic, phonological, and semantic attributes. The orchestration of the middle frontal cortex, superior temporal cortex, superior parietal cortex, basal temporal area and extrastriate cortices of the left hemisphere may manifest the particularity of the central representation of simple word naming in Chinese.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3997-4001
Number of pages5
Issue number18
StatePublished - 21 Dec 2001


  • Brain
  • Chinese
  • Reading
  • Word recognition
  • fMRI


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