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dc.contributor.authorKuipers, Jan Rouke-
dc.contributor.authorvan, Koningsbruggen Martijn-
dc.contributor.authorThierry, Guillaume-
dc.description.abstractReading action verbs is associated with activity in the motor cortices involved in performing the corresponding actions. Here, we present new evidence that the motor cortex is involved in semantic processing of bodily action verbs. In contrast to previous studies, we used a direct, nonbehavioural index of semantic processing after repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). Participants saw pairs of hand-related (e.g. to grab-to point) or mouth-related (e.g. to speak-to sing) verbs, whereas semantic priming was assessed using event-related potentials. Presentation of the first verb coincided with rTMS over the participant's cortical-left hand area and event-related brain potentials were analysed time-locked to the presentation onset of the second verb. Semantic integration - indexed by the N400 brain potential - was impaired for hand-related but not for mouth-related verb pairs after rTMS. This finding provides strong evidence that the motor cortex is involved in semantic encoding of action verbs, and supports the ‘embodied semantics' hypothesis.en_UK
dc.publisherLippincott Williams & Wilkins-
dc.relationKuipers JR, van Koningsbruggen M & Thierry G (2013) Semantic priming in the motor cortex: Evidence from combined repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and event-related potential, NeuroReport, 24 (12), pp. 646-651.-
dc.rightsThis is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Neuroreport: 21 August 2013 - Volume 24 - Issue 12 - p 646–651 doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283631467 The published article appears at:
dc.subjectevent-related potentialsen_UK
dc.subjectsemantic embodimenten_UK
dc.subjecttranscranial magnetic stimulationen_UK
dc.titleSemantic priming in the motor cortex: Evidence from combined repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and event-related potentialen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.type.statusPost-print (author final draft post-refereeing)-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Trento-
dc.contributor.affiliationBangor University-
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