The effects of rTMS over the primary motor cortex: the link between action and language

Claudia Repetto, Giuseppe Riva, Barbara Colombo, Pietro Cipresso

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Abstract

Is the primary motor cortex (M1) necessary for language comprehension? The present study investigates the role of the primary motor cortex during verbs comprehension, within the framework of the embodied theories of language. We applied rTMS over the right and left hand portion of M1 and tested the effects of the stimulation toward the processing of hand-related action verbs versus abstract verbs. Results underlined a specific inhibition effect following left stimulation, only with hand-related action verbs. These findings seem to corroborate the hypothesis of a functional role of M1 in action verbs comprehension.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-13
Number of pages6
JournalNeuropsychologia
Volume51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • action
  • language
  • rTms

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