Brain activity: reading words

Brain activity: reading words

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Caption: Brain activity during the reading of words. This is a composite of a 3-D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan (blue) of the brain, overlaid with positron emission tomography (PET) scan data (red/green) showing brain activity. The brain is seen from the side, with the front of the brain at left. In this test, words are being read, and the occipital lobe (far right) is active. This is the brain's visual centre. Also active is an area of the temporal lobe (lower right), which is associated with comprehension of words. For similar scans showing thinking about words, and the speaking and hearing of words, see images P335/076, 077 and 079 respectively.

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