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The linguistic context effects on the processing of body-object interaction words: An ERP study on second language learners
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Number of Authors: 3
2015 (English)In: Brain Research, ISSN 0006-8993, E-ISSN 1872-6240, Vol. 1613, 37-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Embodied theories of cognition argue that the processing of both concrete and abstract concepts requires the activation of sensorimotor systems. The present study examined the time course for embedding a sensorimotor context in order to elicit sensitivity to the sensorimotor consequences of understanding body-object interaction (BOI) words. In the study, Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) were recorded while subjects performed a sentence acceptability task. Target BOI words were preceded by rich or poor sensorimotor sentential contexts. The behavioural results replicated previous findings in that high BOI words received a response faster than low BOI words. In addition to this, however, there was a context effect in the sensorimotor region as well as a BOI effect in the parietal region (involved in object representation). The results indicate that the sentential sensorimotor context contributes to the subsequent BOI processing and that action-and perception-related language leads to the activation of the same brain areas, which is consistent with the embodiment theory.

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2015. Vol. 1613, 37-48 p.
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ERP, Linguistic context, Body-interaction effect, Embodiment
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Basic Medicine Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119121DOI: 10.1016/j.brainres.2015.03.050ISI: 000356553200004OAI: diva2:843817
Available from: 2015-07-31 Created: 2015-07-29 Last updated: 2015-07-31Bibliographically approved

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