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Lexical memory search during N400: Cortical couplings in auditory comprehension

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Supp,  Gernot G.
Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Gunter,  Thomas C.
Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Supp, G. G., Schlögl, A., Gunter, T. C., Bernard, M., Pfurtscheller, G., & Petsche, H. (2004). Lexical memory search during N400: Cortical couplings in auditory comprehension. NeuroReport, 15(7), 1209-1213. doi:10.1097/01.wnr.0000126219.25235.¡.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-C3C6-C
Abstract
In this study, we applied partial-directed EEG-coherence analysis to assess regional changes in neuronal couplings and information transfer related to semantic processing. We tested the hypothesis whether (and which) processing differences between spoken words and pseudowords are reflected by changes in cortical networks within the time window of a specific event related potential (ERP) component, the N400. Fourteen native speaking German subjects performed a lexical decision paradigm, while being confronted sequentially with two-syllabic nouns and phonologically legal pseudowords. Using ERP analysis, we defined the time window of the N400 effect, known to reflect semantic processing, and, subsequently, we examined the coupling differences. Lexico-semantic memory search appears to be subserved by a network between temporal, parietal and frontal areas, particularly restricted to the left hemisphere.