Processing of Chinese characters and figures in literate and illiterate subjects: A visual fMRI study

Xiujun Li, Jinglong Wu, Qiyong Guo

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Abstract

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) or positron emission tomography (PET), much knowledge has been gained in understanding how the brain is activated during controlled experiments of language tasks in educated healthy subjects and in uneducated healthy subjects. While previous studies have compared performance between alphabetic subjects, few data were about Chinese-speaking individuals. In this study, we used fMRI to investigate brain activations in processing characters and figures by visual tasks in 26 Chinese subjects (13 illiterates and 13 literates). Different activation patterns were observed in not only Chinese character judgment task, but also simple figure judgment task between literates and illiterates. We conclude that constellation of neural substrates was different for literates and illiterates and education may enhance this brain plasticity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 23 2009
Event2009 ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2009 - Tempe, AZ, United States
Duration: Apr 9 2009Apr 11 2009

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Name2009 ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2009

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Other2009 ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2009
CountryUnited States
CityTempe, AZ
Period4/9/094/11/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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    Li, X., Wu, J., & Guo, Q. (2009). Processing of Chinese characters and figures in literate and illiterate subjects: A visual fMRI study. In 2009 ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2009 [4906649] (2009 ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2009). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCME.2009.4906649