Auditory perception modulated by word reading

Cao, L., Klepp, A., Schnitzler, A., Gross, J. and Biermann-Ruben, K. (2016) Auditory perception modulated by word reading. Experimental Brain Research, 234(10), pp. 3049-3057. (doi: 10.1007/s00221-016-4706-5) (PMID:27324193)

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Theories of embodied cognition positing that sensorimotor areas are indispensable during language comprehension are supported by neuroimaging and behavioural studies. Among others, the auditory system has been suggested to be important for understanding sound-related words (visually presented) and the motor system for action-related words. In this behavioural study, using a sound detection task embedded in a lexical decision task, we show that in participants with high lexical decision performance sound verbs improve auditory perception. The amount of modulation was correlated with lexical decision performance. Our study provides convergent behavioural evidence of auditory cortex involvement in word processing, supporting the view of embodied language comprehension concerning the auditory domain.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cao, Dr Liyu and Gross, Professor Joachim
Authors: Cao, L., Klepp, A., Schnitzler, A., Gross, J., and Biermann-Ruben, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Experimental Brain Research
ISSN (Online):1432-1106
Published Online:21 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Experimental Brain Research 2016
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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