What's in a name? Electrophysiological differences between spoken nouns, proper names and one's own name.

@article{Mller1996WhatsIA,
  title={What's in a name? Electrophysiological differences between spoken nouns, proper names and one's own name.},
  author={Horst M. M{\"u}ller and Marta Kutas},
  journal={Neuroreport},
  year={1996},
  volume={8 1},
  pages={221-5}
}
To investigate the neural processing of different word categories, we recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) from 32 individuals listening to sentences, beginning either with a proper name (first name), the subject's own name, or a common noun. Names and nouns both elicited ERP waveforms with the same early componentry, but the N1 and P2 components were larger for proper names than common nouns. The ERPs to the subject's own name also had a large N1/P2 plus a prominent negativity at parieto… CONTINUE READING