Rapid syntactic pre-activation in Broca’s area: Concurrent electrophysiological and haemodynamic recordings

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Abstract

Listeners are constantly trying to predict what the speaker will say next. We concurrently measured the electrophysiological and haemodynamic correlates of syntactic pre-activation, investigating when and where the brain processes speech melody cues to upcoming word order structure. Pre-activation of syntactic structure was reflected in a left-lateralised pre-activation negativity (PrAN), which was subserved by Broca’s area in the left inferior frontal gyrus, as well as the contiguous left anterior insula.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-82
JournalBrain Research
Volume1697
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Neurosciences

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