Insight into the neurophysiological processes of melodically intoned language with functional MRI
Carolina P. Méndez Orellana, Mieke E. van de Sandt-Koenderman, Emi Saliasi, Ineke van der Meulen, Simone Klip, Aad van der Lugt and Marion Smits
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/brb3.245
Compared to spoken language, melodically intoned language activated sensory motor regions and articulatory language networks in the left hemisphere, but only when meaningful language was used. Our results suggest that the facilitatory effect of MIT may – in part – depend on an auditory input which combines melody and meaning. As such, they provide a sound basis for further investigation of melodic language processing in aphasic patients, and eventually the neurophysiological processes underlying MIT.