Microstructural organization of the language connectome in typically developing left-handed children: a DTI tractography study
Marjolein Verly1, Robin Gerrits1, Lieven Lagae2, Inge Zink1, Stefan Sunaert3, and Nathalie Rommel1
1Dept. Neurosciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2Dept. Pediatrics, UZ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 3Dept. Translational MRI, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
The main objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between the microstructural properties of
language-related white matter (WM) tracts and hand preference in typically
developing school-aged children. Our DTI tractography
results provide evidence for a different structural connectivity pattern of the
language connectome in left-handed children. Whereas right-handed children show a clear left-lateralized structural
language network, our group of left-handed children seems to have a more
bilateral organized language system. Those observed differences in WM
microstructure and lateralization might reflect an interaction between
handedness and the neural processing of language in children.
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