Magnetoencephalography and Language

Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2020 May;30(2):229-238. doi: 10.1016/j.nic.2020.01.004. Epub 2020 Apr 1.


This article provides an overview of research that uses magnetoencephalography to understand the brain basis of human language. The cognitive processes and brain networks that have been implicated in written and spoken language comprehension and production are discussed in relation to different methodologies: we review event-related brain responses, research on the coupling of neural oscillations to speech, oscillatory coupling between brain regions (eg, auditory-motor coupling), and neural decoding approaches in naturalistic language comprehension.

Keywords: Decoding; Language; MEG; Neurolinguistics; Reading; Semantics; Speech; Synchronization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Comprehension*
  • Humans
  • Language Development*
  • Language Disorders / diagnostic imaging*
  • Language Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Magnetoencephalography*