The purpose of this study was to investigate human brain activity during the reading aloud of Japanese sentences using fMRI. Twenty-three right-handed normal Japanese subjects performed three reading tasks: covert reading of meaningful or meaningless sentences, and reading aloud of meaningful sentences. Areas in the bilateral frontal and temporal cortices were activated during the reading-aloud task compared with the covert reading task. In addition, activation of these brain areas showed significant positive correlation with the reading speed during the reading-aloud task. Our results indicate that bilateral frontal-temporal networks are involved in phonological processing during reading aloud.
- Functional magnetic resonance imaging
- Long sentence
- Reading aloud
- Reading speed