• Vol. 32 No. 4, 490–494
  • 15 July 2003

Seeing How We Think About Words Using BOLD Contrast fMR Imaging



This review examines how blood oxygen level-dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may be harnessed to study the brain when it engages in language processing tasks. This method makes clinical and scientific contributions to understanding language function. Issues such as the lateralisation of language function, brain plasticity in health, ageing and neurological disease, and as well as how 2 different languages are processed, may all be evaluated by fMRI.

Functional brain imaging refers to a set of non-invasive imaging techniques that are used to infer linkages between brain structure and function. In this review, blood flow functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is specifically discussed.

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