Human Brain Mapping

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Edited By: Peter T. Fox, Jack L. Lancaster, and Gary Egan

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 2/14 (Neuroimaging); 8/124 (Radiology Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging); 38/256 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1097-0193

Virtual and Special Issues

Special & Virtual Issues from Human Brain Mapping

Virtual Issue on Speech and Language

Language is a uniquely human capability that has fascinated scientists for centuries. As methods for human neuroscience have evolved, a high percentage of pioneering applications have addressed the neurobiology of speech and language. The landmark lesion-deficit observations of Paul Broca, first demonstrating the localization of function in the brain, established the precedent. As Wilder Penfield and colleagues developed intra-operative cortical stimulation mapping, identifying “eloquent cortex” was a primary objective. At the dawn of single-photon brain blood-flow imaging, David Ingvar and colleagues mapped speech production and word reading. When 15-O PET brain-mapping methods became sufficiently robust to map higher-order functions, Marcus Raichle, Steven Petersen and colleagues applied them to speech and language. Now that fMRI has become the dominant brain-mapping technique, studies of language production, language comprehension and language disorders remain at the forefront. Over the past 18 years, Human Brain Mapping has welcomed the opportunity to publish hundreds of high-impact articles in the area of speech and language. In this special issue, we present a collection of the most highly cited speech- and language-related papers from each of the past 10 years (2001-2011) as well as re-releasing the first speech-and-language paper published by Human Brain Mapping, printed in Volume 1, 1993.


Pardo JV, Fox PT. Preoperative assessment of the localization of language functions: a comparision of CBF PET with intracarotid sodium amytal. (1993) Human Brain Mapping 1:57-68.


Grabowski TJ, Damasio H, Tranel D et al., (2001). A Role for Left Temporal Pole in the Retrieval of Words for Unique Entitites. Human Brain Mapping 13 (4): 199-212.


Booth JR, Burman DD, Meyer JR, et al. (2002) Modality independence of word comprehension. Human Brain Mapping 16 (4): 251-261.


Tan LH, Spinks, JA, Feng, CM et al. (2003) Neural systems of second language reading are shaped by native language. Human Brain Mapping 18 (3): 158-166.


Hauk O, Pulvermuller F (2004) Neurophysiological distinction of action words in the front-central cortex. Human Brain Mapping 21 (3): 191-201.


Fiebach, CJ, Schlesewsky, M, Lohmann, G, et al. (2005) Revisiting the role of Broca’s Area in Sentence Processing: syntactic integration vs syntactic working memory. Human Brain Mapping 24 (2): 79-91.


Costafreda, SG, Fu, CHY, Lee, L, et al. (2006) A systematic review and quantitative appraisal of fMRI studies of verbal fluency: Role of the left inferior frontal gyrus. Human Brain Mapping 27 (10): 1065-9471.


Mechelli, A, Josephs, O, Ralph, MAL (2007) Dissociating stimulus-driven semantic and phonological effects during reading and naming. Human Brain Mapping 28 (3):205-217.


Ferstl, EC; Neumann, J; Bogler, C, et al. (2008) The extended language network: A meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies on text comprehension. Human Brain Mapping 29 (5): 581-593.


Lebel, C, Beaulieu, C. (2009) Lateralization of the Arcuate Fasciculus from Childhood to Adulthood and its Relation to Cognitive Abilities in Children. Human Brain Mapping 30 (11): 3563-3573.

Richlan, F, Kronbichler, M, Wimmer, H. (2009) Functional Abnormalities in the Dyslexic Brain: A Quantitative Meta-analysis of Neuroimaging Studies. Human Brain Mapping 30 (10): 3299-3308.

Liljestrom, M; Hulten, A; Parkkonen, L, et al. (2009) Comparing MEG and fMRI Views to Naming Actions and Objects. Human Brain Mapping 30 (6): 1845-1856.

Hubbard, AL, Wilson, SM, Callan, DE, et al (2009) Giving Speech a Hand: Gesture Modulates Activity in Auditory Cortex During Speech Perception. Human Brain Mapping 30 (3): 1028-1037.


Londei, A; D’Ausilio, A; Basso, D et al. (2010) Sensory-Motor Brain Network Connectivity for Speech Comprehension. Human Brain Mapping 31 (4): 567-580.