José E. García-Albea

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Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were recorded during spoken language comprehension to study the on-line effects of gender agreement violations in controlled infinitival complements. Spanish sentences were constructed in which the complement clause contained a predicate adjective marked for syntactic gender. By manipulating the gender of the antecedent(More)
The four experiments reported in this paper were designed to determine to what extent words are lexically represented in terms of their morphological structure. The experiments are carried out in Spanish, a language with rich morphological resources, using a priming paradigm and a lexical decision task. In particular, they examined the pattern of priming(More)
Native language affects the perception of segmental phonetic structure, of stress, and of semantic and pragmatic effects of intonation. Similarly, native language might influence the perception of similarities and differences among intonation contours. To test this hypothesis, a cross-language experiment was conducted. An English utterance was resynthesized(More)
The origin and application of Recursion in the formal sciences is described, followed by a critical analysis of the adoption and adaptation of this notion in cognitive science, with a focus on linguistics and psychology. The conclusion argues against a widespread mistake in cognitive science, and recommends recursion should only be used in reference to(More)
The study presented in this paper aimed to investigate the pattern of semantic priming effects, under masked and unmasked conditions, in the lexical decision task, manipulating type of semantic relation and associative strength. Three different kinds of word relations were examined in two experiments: only-semantically related words [e.g., codo(More)
Event-related brain potentials were recorded while subjects listened to sentences containing a controlled infinitival complement. Subject and object control items were used, both with 2 potential antecedents in the upper clause. Half of the sentences had a gender agreement violation between the null subject of the infinitival complement and an adjective(More)
INTRODUCTION Patients with schizophrenia have been found impaired in important aspects of their basic and social cognition. Our aim in this study is to explore the relationship between executive function (EF) and theory of mind (ToM) deficiencies in patients that suffer the illness. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-two Spanish-speaking inpatients and 22(More)
Past results with the click monitoring technique have pointed to an end-of-clause effect, but we here show that the issues at hand are a bit more nuanced —and more interesting. Firstly, by employing two types of simple, subject-verb-object sentences and three click positions, we report two experiments (1a and 1b) which show that reaction times (RTs) are(More)
In a previous study (Gavilán & García-Albea, 2009) 23 schizophrenic patients and 23 healthy controls were assessed in Theory of Mind (ToM) and Figurative Language Comprehension (FLC) abilities in order to explore the functional relationship between both capacities. We used 3 ToM and 3 FLC tasks. We found that ToM correlated high and significantly with FLC(More)