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Head motion during overt language production in functional magnetic resonance imaging

Heim, Stefana b; Amunts, Katrina c; Mohlberg, Hartmuta b; Wilms, Marcusa; Friederici, Angela D.d


Head motion parameters (translation, rotation) during an event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging experiment of overt picture naming were investigated for two fixation conditions. We compared normal fixation with cushions and belts with the additional use of a bite-bar. Neither mean nor maximum values differed between the two conditions for any of the parameters. By applying the head motion parameters to the cytoarchitectonically defined volume of the left Brodmann area 44, we demonstrated volume overlap of 95% (normal fixation) to 100% (bite-bar) that did not differ significantly between fixation conditions. The data encourage further use of overt language production in functional magnetic resonance imaging with careful head fixation but no bite-bar.

aResearch Centre Jülich, Institute of Medicine

bBrain Imaging Center West (BICW), Jülich

cDepartment of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen and

dMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Correspondence and requests for reprints to Dr Stefan Heim, Research Centre Jülich, Institute of Medicine, AG Brain Mapping, 52425 Jülich, Germany

Tel: +49 2461 61 4208; fax: +49 2461 61 2820; e-mail:

Sponsorship: Research was supported by the Max Planck Society (SH) and the Human Brain Project/Neuroinformatics research funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Mental Health (K.A.).

Received 16 January 2006; accepted 8 February 2006

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