Association and not semantic relationships elicit the N400 effect: electrophysiological evidence from an explicit language comprehension task.

@article{Rhodes2008AssociationAN,
  title={Association and not semantic relationships elicit the N400 effect: electrophysiological evidence from an explicit language comprehension task.},
  author={Sin{\'e}ad M. Rhodes and David I. Donaldson},
  journal={Psychophysiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={45 1},
  pages={50-9}
}
Language comprehension studies have identified the N400, an event-related potential (ERP) correlate of the processing of meaning, modulation of which is typically assumed to reflect the activation of semantic information. However, N400 studies of conscious language processing have not clearly distinguished between meaning derived from a semantic relationship and meaning extracted through association. We independently manipulated the presence of associative and semantic relationships while… CONTINUE READING

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