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Nature. 1996 Apr 11;380(6574):499-505.

A neural basis for lexical retrieval.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Division of Behavioral Neurology and CognitiveNeuroscience, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, 52242, USA.

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  • Nature 1996 Jun 27;381(6595):810.


Two parallel studies using positron emission tomography, one conducted in neurological patients with brain lesions, the other in normal individuals, indicate that the normal process of retrieving words that denote concrete entities depends in part on multiple regions of the left cerebral hemisphere, located outside the classic language areas. Moreover, anatomically separable regions tends to process words for distinct kinds of items.

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