Getting real about semantic illusions: rethinking the functional role of the P600 in language comprehension.

@article{Brouwer2012GettingRA,
  title={Getting real about semantic illusions: rethinking the functional role of the P600 in language comprehension.},
  author={Harm Brouwer and Hartmut Fitz and John C. J. Hoeks},
  journal={Brain research},
  year={2012},
  volume={1446},
  pages={127-43}
}
In traditional theories of language comprehension, syntactic and semantic processing are inextricably linked. This assumption has been challenged by the 'semantic illusion effect' found in studies using event related brain potentials. Semantically anomalous sentences did not produce the expected increase in N400 amplitude but rather one in P600 amplitude. To explain these findings, complex models have been devised in which an independent semantic processing stream can arrive at a sentence… CONTINUE READING
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