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  Embodied negation and levels of concreteness: A TMS Study on German and Italian language processing

Papitto, G., Lugli, L., Borghi, A. M., Binkofski, F., & Pellicano, A. (2021). Embodied negation and levels of concreteness: A TMS Study on German and Italian language processing. Brain Research, 1767: 147523. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2021.147523.

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Papitto, Giorgio1, 2, Author              
Lugli, Luisa3, Author
Borghi, Anna M.4, 5, Author
Binkofski, Ferdinand6, 7, Author
Pellicano, Antonello6, Author
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1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
2International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication, Leipzig, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Department of Philosophy and Communication, University of Bologna, Italy, ou_persistent22              
4Department of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, ou_persistent22              
5Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome, Italy, ou_persistent22              
6Department of Neurology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, ou_persistent22              
7Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Research Center Jülich, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Negation; Language; Embodied Cognition; Syntax; Semantics
 Abstract: According to the embodied cognition perspective, linguistic negation may block the motor simulations induced by language processing. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was applied to the left primary motor cortex (hand area) of monolingual Italian and German healthy participants during a rapid serial visual presentation of sentences from their own language. In these languages, the negative particle is located at the beginning and at the end of the sentence, respectively. The study investigated whether the interruption of the motor simulation processes, accounted for by reduced motor evoked potentials (MEPs), takes place similarly in two languages differing on the position of the negative marker. Different levels of sentence concreteness were also manipulated to investigate if negation exerts generalized effects or if it is affected by the semantic features of the sentence. Our findings indicate that negation acts as a block on motor representations, but independently from the language and words concreteness level.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-04-232021-01-132021-05-152021-05-162021-09-15
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.brainres.2021.147523
Other: epub 2021
PMID: 34010607
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Title: Brain Research
  Other : Brain Res.
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Amsterdam : Elsevier
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 1767 Sequence Number: 147523 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0006-8993
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954926250616