After a review of the literature on the use of brain-imaging techniques in the study of conference interpreting, the paper reports on a preliminary fMRI study in which 6 student interpreters alternated between simultaneous interpreting from Spanish into German (B into A) and free speech production in German (A language). Significant statistical differences were found between the two activities, and active brain areas were identified for each. One finding which raises interesting questions is that a brain area specialized in hand movement was activated during SI.
2020. The neurobiology of simultaneous interpreting: Where extreme language control and cognitive control intersect. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 23:4 ► pp. 740 ff.
Wu, Huijun, Hongjie Yan, Yang Yang, Min Xu, Yuhu Shi, Weiming Zeng, Jiewei Li, Jian Zhang, Chunqi Chang & Nizhuan Wang
2020. Occupational Neuroplasticity in the Human Brain: A Critical Review and Meta-Analysis of Neuroimaging Studies. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 14
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