Journal article

Representation of associative and affective semantic similarity of abstract words in the lateral temporal perisylvian language regions

Karen Meersmans, Rose Bruffaerts, Tarik Jamoulle, Antonietta Gabriella Liuzzi, Simon De Deyne, Gert Storms, Patrick Dupont, Rik Vandenberghe

NeuroImage | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2020

Abstract

The examination of semantic cognition has traditionally identified word concreteness as well as valence as two of the principal dimensions in the representation of conceptual knowledge. More recently, corpus-based vector space models as well as graph-theoretical analysis of large-scale task-related behavioural responses have revolutionized our insight into how the meaning of words is structured. In this fMRI study, we apply representational similarity analysis to investigate the conceptual representation of abstract words. Brain activity patterns were related to a cued-association based graph as well as to a vector-based co-occurrence model of word meaning. Twenty-six subjects (19 females an..

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Awarded by KU Leuven


Awarded by FWO (Flemish Research Foundation)


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by funding from KU Leuven BOF C14/17/108 and FWO (Flemish Research Foundation) G094418N and G0925.15.