5Chapter Tools for Multimodal Imaging
Recent years have seen an explosion in the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for the investigation of the neural bases of cognitive function in general and language processing specifically. However, a broad range of techniques is in use and provides alternate ways of measuring brain activity. It would be wise to attempt to integrate knowledge gained from these myriad techniques to avoid the shortcomings of any one method and to take advantage of the strengths of each. Here, we first relate some initial work on directly combining data from two imaging modalities, fMRI and magnetoencephalography (MEG). Second, several findings of related structural and functional linkages among brain areas are reviewed, with direct implications for skilled and impaired reading.