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November 2020

Images of brain activity during verb generation in children with DLD and typically developing children

At the start of the BOLD study, we submitted a Part 1 pre-registration to a special issue on Registered Reports at NeuroImage.  This was accepted in principle and we proceeded to collect and analyse our data.  The results are now accepted at NeuroImage and the full report is available and open access here.  This is the first publication from the BOLD study.  We find that children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) do not differ in terms of brain activity when doing a verb generation task in the scanner (contrary to our predictions based on the existing literature).  Nor are they differently lateralised when their patterns of brain activity are compared with those in typically developing children.  We found that the previously described differences in brain activity seen in other studies could be revealed if we compared the children with DLD who had difficulty with the verb generation task with typically developing children who performed it well.  The data included in this study are also available to explore here