On the Language Specificity of the Brain Response to Syntactic Anomalies: Is the Syntactic Positive Shift a Member of the P300 Family?

@article{Osterhout1996OnTL,
  title={On the Language Specificity of the Brain Response to Syntactic Anomalies: Is the Syntactic Positive Shift a Member of the P300 Family?},
  author={Lee Osterhout and Richard McKinnon and Michael Bersick and Vicka Corey},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={1996},
  volume={8},
  pages={507-526}
}
Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were recorded from 13 scalp electrodes while subjects read sentences, some of which contained either a verb that disagreed in number with the subject noun (syntactic anomaly) or a word in uppercase letters (physical anomaly). Uppercase words elicited the P300 complex of positivities, whereas agreement violations elicited a late positive shift with an onset around 500 msec and a duration of several hundred msec. These effects differed in their morphology… CONTINUE READING