How students understand STEM concepts: A fMRI study of expository science text comprehension

Ping Li, Chun-Ting Hsu, Benjamin Schloss, Roy Clariana

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In this fMRI study, students read expository science texts for comprehension of basic STEM concepts while their BOLD responses and eye movements were recorded. High-skilled readers showed stronger connectivity among brain regions important for integrating semantic representation and building event representation. Graph-theoretical network measures of conceptual relations in the text also correlated with activity in inferior parietal and dorsolateral prefrontal regions, indicating text comprehension through semantic integration and working memory.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Jul 201819 Jul 2018


Conference28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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