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Advances in Psychological Science    2014, Vol. 22 Issue (7) : 1112-1121     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01112
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EEG Time-Frequency Analysis of Syntactic and Semantic Processing in Sentence Comprehension
(1 Department of Psychology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China) (2 Key Laboratory of Machine Perception (Peking University), Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871, China)
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As an electrophysiological technique, electroencephalograph (EEG) time-frequency analysis can reveal event-related oscillatory activities by measuring power changes for different frequency bands at each electrode. In the area of sentence processing, using this technique, a large number of recent studies have associated syntactic and semantic processes with power changes at different bands (θ, a, b, or γ). In addition, different types of syntactic (e.g., grammatical gender or number) and semantic processing (semantic integration or prediction) have been linked to oscillatory activities at different bands. Future studies should examine not only oscillatory activities underlying other types of syntactic processing such as tense and word order processing, which haven’t been investigated so far, but also oscillatory activities involved in the interaction between syntactic and semantic processes. Moreover, further studies should use a variety of methods for analyzing EEG power changes, in a variety of languages, in order to test whether EEG power changes to syntactic and semantic processes are modulated by methodological and linguistic variation.

Keywords EEG time-frequency analysis      event-related power changes      sentence comprehension      syntactic processing      semantic processing     
Corresponding Authors: ZHANG Yaxu   
Issue Date: 15 July 2014
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CAI Lin,ZHANG Yaxu. EEG Time-Frequency Analysis of Syntactic and Semantic Processing in Sentence Comprehension[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(7): 1112-1121.
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