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Neurosci Lett. 2001 Sep 7;310(1):33-6.

Visual attention to words of native versus later acquired languages: a magnetoencephalographic study in humans.

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BioMag Laboratory, Engineering Centre, Helsinki University Central Hospital, P.O. Box 340, FIN-00029 HUS, Helsinki, Finland. pihko@oliivi.huch.fi

Abstract

We recorded evoked magnetic fields while short words were visually presented in different languages with an oddball paradigm. The task was to count how many words were in a target language when most of the words were in another language and there were also non-target deviants in a third language. When native words (Finnish) were targets, they evoked a selection response at the latency of 300-600 ms. However, when the task was to count non-native words among native standards, in addition to the targets, also the non-target foreign words evoked the selection response. These results may reflect differences in the selection process for native versus non-native words brought about by different proficiency levels of the languages.

PMID:
11524151
DOI:
10.1016/s0304-3940(01)02087-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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