Cerebral Asymmetry in the Fusiform Areas Predicted the Efficiency of Learning a New Writing System

Gui Xue, Chuansheng Chen, Zhen Jin, Qi Dong
2006 Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience  
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doi:10.1162/jocn.2006.18.6.923 pmid:16839300 fatcat:ry5ayyqusfe2dlulf3wa2aw3be