BRAIN IMAGINGWhat is in a name? Spatial brain circuits are used to track discourse referencesAlmor, Amita; Smith, David V.a; Bonilha, Leonardob; Fridriksson, Juliusb; Rorden, Chrisb Author Information Departments of aPsychology bCommunication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA Correspondence to Dr Amit Almor, PhD, Psychology Department, University of South Carolina, 1512 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29208, USA Tel: +1 803 777 4302; fax: +1 305 675 7613; e-mail: [email protected] Received 24 January 2007; accepted 12 February 2007 NeuroReport: August 6, 2007 - Volume 18 - Issue 12 - p 1215-1219 doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e32810f2e11 Buy Metrics Abstract Pronouns are commonly used instead of explicitly repeating a name, and, in many cases, we comprehend language faster when pronouns are used instead of repetitive references. This is surprising because pronouns are often ambiguous, whereas repeated names provide precise reference. We used functional MRI to investigate the neural correlates of this paradoxical preference. Reading repeated names elicited more activation than pronouns in the middle and inferior temporal gyri and intraparietal sulcus. The temporal lobe activation suggests that repeated names but not pronouns evoke multiple representations that have to be integrated. The intraparietal sulcus activation suggests that this integration relies on brain regions used for spatial attention and perceptual integration. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.