Thinking ahead: the role and roots of prediction in language comprehension.

@article{Federmeier2007ThinkingAT,
  title={Thinking ahead: the role and roots of prediction in language comprehension.},
  author={Kara D. Federmeier},
  journal={Psychophysiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={44 4},
  pages={491-505}
}
Reviewed are studies using event-related potentials to examine when and how sentence context information is used during language comprehension. Results suggest that, when it can, the brain uses context to predict features of likely upcoming items. However, although prediction seems important for comprehension, it also appears susceptible to age-related deterioration and can be associated with processing costs. The brain may address this trade-off by employing multiple processing strategies… CONTINUE READING
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