Early effects of semantic meaning on electrical brain activity

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (2):301-302 (1999)
Abstract
When words are read, the visual cortex is activated, independent of whether visual or motor associations are elicited. This word-evoked brain activity is significantly influenced by semantic meaning. Such effects occur very early after stimulus presentation (at latencies between 80 and 130 msec), indicating that semantic meaning activates different neuronal assemblies in the human visual cortex when words are processed.
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