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The posterior semantic asymmetry (PSA): specific to written not auditory semantic word processing.

A new interesting article has been published in Exp Brain Res. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1007/s00221-018-5379-z. and titled:

The posterior semantic asymmetry (PSA): specific to written not auditory semantic word processing.

Authors of this article are:
Koppehele-Gossel J Schnuerch R Gibbons H.

A summary of the article is shown below:
The present study replicates the finding of a posterior semantic asymmetry (PSA; Koppehele-Gossel et al., Brain Lang 157-158:35-43, 2016), a lateralized event-related potential (ERP) suggested to reflect semantic activation from visually presented single words. This ERP negativity, derived from the subtraction of right-side from left-side scalp activity, again peaked around 300 ms at temporoparietal electrodes and was more pronounced in a semantic task, compared to both a silent naming task and a passive viewing task. With analogous tasks, no comparable negativity was found for auditorily presented words. This suggests that the PSA specifically reflects visual-verbal semantic activation. For auditory words, a later variation with the demands on semantic processing was observed for a left-lateralized late positive potential (500-800 ms), which, however, showed a remarkably similar topography as the PSA. Thus, while semantic processing of visual and auditory words converges on left temporoparietal brain areas, the exact patterns of brain electrical activation in terms of time course and polarity are different.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: Auditory and visual words;Event-related potentials (ERPs);Left-lateralization;Semantic processing.

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