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Where the brain appreciates the moral of a story

Nichelli, Paolo and Grafman, Jordan and Pietrini, Pietro and Clark, Kimberley and Lee, Kyu Young and Miletich, Robert Where the brain appreciates the moral of a story. Neuroreport, 6 (17). ISSN 0959-4965 (1995)

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To identify the distributed brain regions used for appreciating the grammatical, semantic and thematic aspects of a story, regional cerebral blood flow was measured with positron emission tomography in nine normal volunteers during the reading of Aesop's fables. In four conditions, subjects had to monitor the fables for font changes, grammatical errors, a semantic feature associated with a fable character, and the moral of the fable. Both right and left prefrontal cortices were consistently, but selectively, activated across the grammatical, semantic, and moral conditions. In particular, appreciating the moral of a story required activating a distributed set of brain regions in the right hemisphere which included the temporal and prefrontal cortices. These findings emphasize that story processing engages a widely distributed network of brain regions, a subset of which become preferentially active during the processing of a specific aspect of the text.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Research Area: Computer Science and Applications
Depositing User: Caterina Tangheroni
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 08:55
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 08:55
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/3348

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