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Simultaneously Uncovering the Patterns of Brain Regions Involved in Different Story Reading Subprocesses

Wehbe, Leila and Murphy, Brian and Talukdar, Partha and Fyshe, Alona and Ramdas, Aaditya and Mitchell, Tom (2015) Simultaneously Uncovering the Patterns of Brain Regions Involved in Different Story Reading Subprocesses. In: PLOS ONE, 9 (11).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1371/journal.pone.0112575

Abstract

Story understanding involves many perceptual and cognitive subprocesses, from perceiving individual words, to parsing sentences, to understanding the relationships among the story characters. We present an integrated computational model of reading that incorporates these and additional subprocesses, simultaneously discovering their fMRI signatures. Our model predicts the fMRI activity associated with reading arbitrary text passages, well enough to distinguish which of two story segments is being read with 74% accuracy. This approach is the first to simultaneously track diverse reading subprocesses during complex story processing and predict the detailed neural representation of diverse story features, ranging from visual word properties to the mention of different story characters and different actions they perform. We construct brain representation maps that replicate many results from a wide range of classical studies that focus each on one aspect of language processing and offer new insights on which type of information is processed by different areas involved in language processing. Additionally, this approach is promising for studying individual differences: it can be used to create single subject maps that may potentially be used to measure reading comprehension and diagnose reading disorders.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the plose one
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Research > Supercomputer Education & Research Centre
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Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2015 10:10
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2015 10:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51099

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