Using functional Transcranial Doppler (fTCD) imaging to examine activation during motor tasks shown to be related to speech production

Hodgson, Jessica and Richardson, Dan and Hudson, John (2015) Using functional Transcranial Doppler (fTCD) imaging to examine activation during motor tasks shown to be related to speech production. In: Experimental Psychology Society Meeting, 8th-10th July 2015, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

The relationship between handedness and speech production has been the focus of much

research however the exact components linking these two functions are rarely investigated. This

study, conducted in two parts, used functional Transcranial Doppler (fTCD) sonography to determine

firstly, the degree to which differing handedness tasks related to hemispheric speech lateralisation

scores (n=35). Secondly it employed a novel paradigm measuring hemispheric activation during 3

motor tasks; peg-moving and coin rotation, shown to be related to speech lateralisation, and a

baseline comparator task; finger tapping (n=22). Analysis showed significant main effects of task

type (F(2,38) = 8.804 p < .001), hand used (F(1,19) = 24.092 p < .001), and a significant interaction

between task and hand (F(2,38) = 6.785 p < .005). These results demonstrate that the activation

produced by the left and right hands was significantly different across the tasks performed, with

contralateral activity displayed by the baseline and coin tasks, but only left sided activation produced

by the peg-moving task. Furthermore, right handed activation on the peg-moving task significantly

differed from speech lateralisation indices. Results are discussed in terms of the hemispheric control

of handedness and the association between specific types of motor response and speech.

Keywords:motor control, Cerebral lateralisation, Speech production, functional transcranial doppler
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:17837
Deposited On:11 Jul 2015 21:18

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