The Narrative Brain Dataset (NBD), an fMRI dataset for the study of natural language processing in the brain
Lopopolo, A., Frank, S. L., Van den Bosch, A., Nijhof, A., & Willems, R. M.
The Narrative Brain Dataset (NBD), an fMRI dataset for the study of natural language processing in the brain. In B. Devereux, E. Shutova, & C.-R. Huang (Eds.
), Proceedings of LREC 2018 Workshop "Linguistic and Neuro-Cognitive Resources (LiNCR)
(pp. 8-11). Paris: LREC.
We present the Narrative Brain Dataset, an fMRI dataset that was collected during spoken presentation of short excerpts of three
stories in Dutch. Together with the brain imaging data, the dataset contains the written versions of the stimulation texts. The texts are
accompanied with stochastic (perplexity and entropy) and semantic computational linguistic measures. The richness and unconstrained
nature of the data allows the study of language processing in the brain in a more naturalistic setting than is common for fMRI studies.
We hope that by making NBD available we serve the double purpose of providing useful neural data to researchers interested in natural
language processing in the brain and to further stimulate data sharing in the field of neuroscience of language.