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Visual attention to words of native versus later acquired languages: A magnetoencephalographic study in humans

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Pihko, E., Mäkinen, V., Nikulin, V. V., Mäkelä, A. M., & Ilmoniemi, R. J. (2001). Visual attention to words of native versus later acquired languages: A magnetoencephalographic study in humans. Neuroscience Letters, 310(1), 33-36. doi:10.1016/S0304-3940(01)02087-0.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-4142-B
Abstract
We recorded evoked magnetic fields while short words were visually presented in different languages with an oddball paradigm. The task was to count how many words were in a target language when most of the words were in another language and there were also non-target deviants in a third language. When native words (Finnish) were targets, they evoked a selection response at the latency of 300–600 ms. However, when the task was to count non-native words among native standards, in addition to the targets, also the non-target foreign words evoked the selection response. These results may reflect differences in the selection process for native versus non-native words brought about by different proficiency levels of the languages.