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Optical mapping of brain activation during the English to Chinese and Chinese to English sight translation
He, Yan1; Wang, Meng-Yun2; Li, Defeng1; Yuan, Zhen2
2017-12
Source PublicationBIOMEDICAL OPTICS EXPRESS
ISSN2156-7085
Volume8Issue:12Pages:5399-5411
Abstract

Translating from Chinese into another language or vice versa is becoming a widespread phenomenon. However, current neuroimaging studies are insufficient to reveal the neural mechanism underlying translation asymmetry during Chinese/English sight translation. In this study, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) was used to extract the brain activation patterns associated with Chinese/English sight translation. Eleven unbalanced Chinese (L1)/English (L2) bilinguals participated in this study based on an intra-group experimental design, in which two translation and two reading aloud tasks were administered: forward translation (from L1 to L2). backward translation (from L2 to L1). L1 reading, and L2 reading. As predicted, our findings revealed that forward translation elicited more pronounced brain activation in Broca's area, suggesting that neural correlates of translation vary according to the direction of translation. Additionally, significant brain activation in the left PFC was involved in backward translation, indicating the importance of this brain region during the translation process. The identical activation patterns could not be discovered in forward translation, indicating the cognitive processing of reading logographic languages (i.c. Chinese) might recruit incongruent brain regions. (C) 201.7 Optical Society of America under the terms of the of the OS A Open Access Publishing Agreement

DOI10.1364/BOE.8.005399
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Indexed BySCI ; SSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaBiochemistry & Molecular Biology ; Optics ; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
WOS SubjectBiochemical Research Methods ; Optics ; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
WOS IDWOS:000417583800005
PublisherOPTICAL SOC AMER
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Affiliation1.Centre for Studies of Translation, Interpreting and Cognition, University of Macau, Taipa, Macau SAR, China
2.Bioimaging Core, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Taipa, Macau SAR, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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He, Yan,Wang, Meng-Yun,Li, Defeng,et al. Optical mapping of brain activation during the English to Chinese and Chinese to English sight translation[J]. BIOMEDICAL OPTICS EXPRESS,2017,8(12):5399-5411.
APA He, Yan,Wang, Meng-Yun,Li, Defeng,&Yuan, Zhen.(2017).Optical mapping of brain activation during the English to Chinese and Chinese to English sight translation.BIOMEDICAL OPTICS EXPRESS,8(12),5399-5411.
MLA He, Yan,et al."Optical mapping of brain activation during the English to Chinese and Chinese to English sight translation".BIOMEDICAL OPTICS EXPRESS 8.12(2017):5399-5411.
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