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The myth of the visual word form area

The myth of the visual word form area

  1. NeuroChi
    Recent functional imaging studies have referred to a posterior region of the left midfusiform gyrus as the “visual word form area”
    (VWFA). We review the evidence for this claim and argue that neither the neuropsychological nor neuroimaging data are consistent with
    a cortical region specialized for visual word form representations. Specifically, there are no reported cases of pure alexia who have deficits
    limited to visual word form processing and damage limited to the left midfusiform.

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