WHO: Julien Dirani, American University of Beirut
WHEN: May 26, 2016, 14:00-15:30
WHERE: AUB, Nicely 101


Reading is a fundamental aspect of human lives that allows us to function in today’s environment and to communicate information and ideas, be it on the web, in newspapers, or in books. In reading, words are generally believed to be represented visually, phonologically, and semantically in the brain. However, it is still quite unclear how these three representations interact and how an abstract visual stimulus moves up the hierarchy of processing to finally become a meaningful concept in the brain. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), we first explored the functional specificity and timing of the angular gyrus (ANG) in reading in an attempt to frame the time-course of the semantic processing of English words. We then attempt to explain the phonological representation of orthographic codes in the Arabic language by comparing Arabic words written in Latin letters vs. Standard Arabic in a masked priming paradigm.

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