Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

2011 Edition
| Editors: Sam Goldstein, Jack A. Naglieri

Arcuate Fasciculus

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_179



Arcuate fasciculus: The arcuate fasciculus is a bundle of fibers that serves as the neural pathway connecting the expressive (i.e., Broca’s area) and receptive (i.e., Wernicke’s area) language areas to one another and plays a vital role in repetition [3].


The arcuate fasciculus is a neural pathway compiled of fiber bundles that extend anteriorly from the posterior portion of the temporal lobe to the posterior region of the inferior prefrontal lobe, thereby linking the expressive (i.e., Broca’s area) and receptive (i.e., Wernicke’s area) language centers of the cortex [2, 3]. In terms of neurocognitive functioning, the arcuate fasciculus is said to play a vital role in repetition [1]. Specifically, as auditory information comes into the neural system that is to be repeated, it is first processed by the receptive center of the brain (i.e., Wernicke’s). Upon recognizing the nature of the information to be repeated, the neuronal...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatrySIU School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA