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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (7) : 1130-1141     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01130
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The Neural Mechanism and Influential Factors of Semantic Unification in Discourse Comprehension
ZHANG Xiuping1,2; YANG Xiaohong1; YANG Yufang1
(1 Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China) (2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China)
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Abstract  

Semantic unification is a key process of discourse comprehension, which refers to the process in which readers integrate the meaning of a new word into its prior context. Most theories of discourse comprehension agree on the significance of semantic unification in discourse comprehension. So far, numerous ERP studies have shown that readers immediately relate an upcoming word to its prior discourse context. Studies using fMRI and the analysis of oscillation have revealed specific brain areas and neural networks that are related to semantic unification in discourse comprehension. Besides, there are many factors that affect semantic unification in discourse comprehension, which can be divided into three categories: inner-discourse factors, extra-language factors, and individual differences.

Keywords discourse comprehension      semantic unification      neural mechanism      inner-discourse factors      extra-language factors      individual differences     
Corresponding Authors: YANG Yufang, E-mail: yangyf@psych.ac.cn   
Issue Date: 15 July 2015
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ZHANG Xiuping,YANG Xiaohong,YANG Yufang. The Neural Mechanism and Influential Factors of Semantic Unification in Discourse Comprehension[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(7): 1130-1141.
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