Brain Research in Language

  • Zvia Breznitz

Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Zvia Breznitz, Lilach Lebovitz
    Pages 7-49
  3. Pieter H. Been, Theo H. van Leeuwen, Marieke van Herten, Ben Maassen, Aryan van der Leij, Frans Zwarts
    Pages 93-110
  4. Abraham Goldstein, Yossi Arzouan, Yossi Arzouan
    Pages 205-223
  5. Eran Zaidel, Andrew Hill, Scott Weems
    Pages 225-245
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-277

About this book


Brain Research in Language addresses important neurological issues involved in reading. The reading process is a highly composite cognitive task, which relies on brain systems that were originally devoted to other functions. The majority of studies in this area have implemented behavioral methodologies, which provide information concerning the entire cognitive sequence at the conclusion of processing only, in the reader’s output. However, these measures cannot specify all of the covert component operations that contribute to reading, nor can they determine the relative processing times required by the individual stages. Furthermore, they cannot determine which processes occur serially, which occur in parallel and which overlap in time (Brandeis & Lehmann, 1994; Johnson, 1995). Recent advancements in the field of neuroscience and cognitive development, however, have added a new dimension with regard to the research into the universal and domain specific aspects of reading with the advent of innovative neurophysiological measurement techniques. The most common are electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). These two methods provide researchers with the opportunity to examine, in-depth, the neural correlates of the reading processing with precise temporal and spatial resolutions, respectively. This book presents data obtained from various studies employing behavioral, electrophysiological and imaging methodologies in different languages focusing on the regular reading process and the dyslexic population.

Educators and researchers within neuroscience, literacy, and special education will benefit from Brain Research in Language.


Brain Breznitz Language Literacy Research Studies brainstem methodology

Editors and affiliations

  • Zvia Breznitz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-74979-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-74980-8
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