Stem Tones Pre-activate Suffixes in the Brain


Results from the present event-related potentials (ERP) study show that tones on Swedish word stems can rapidly pre-activate upcoming suffixes, even when the word stem does not carry any lexical meaning. Results also show that listeners are able to rapidly restore suffixes which are replaced with a cough. Accuracy in restoring suffixes correlated positively with the amplitude of an anterior negative ERP elicited by stem tones. This effect is proposed to reflect suffix pre-activation. Suffixes that were cued by an incorrect tone elicited a left-anterior negativity and a P600, suggesting that the correct processing of the suffix is crucially tied to the activation of the preceding validly associated tone.

DOI: 10.1007/s10936-016-9434-2

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@inproceedings{Sderstrm2017StemTP, title={Stem Tones Pre-activate Suffixes in the Brain}, author={Pelle S{\"{o}derstr{\"{o}m and Merle Horne and Mikael Roll}, booktitle={Journal of psycholinguistic research}, year={2017} }