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Distribution of processing capacities across bilateral and left-lateralised language networks

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Language comprehension engages functionally distinct large-scale brain networks in both hemispheres. We use functional neuroimaging and multivariate analysis techniques to investigate the processing capacities of these networks. Data show that a distributed bilateral network has extensive processing capacities, with the ability to support the processing of simple words, perceptually complex words, derivationally complex words, as well as simple phrases that require linear grammatical computations. The left hemisphere perisylvian network is associated with complex grammatical computations. This is consistent with a dual neurobiological framework of language processing, where significant capacities for language comprehension remain intact even following severe left hemisphere damage.

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