+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Comprehending how visual context influences incremental sentence processing: Insights from ERPs and picture-sentence verification

Comprehending how visual context influences incremental sentence processing: Insights from ERPs and picture-sentence verification

Psychophysiology 48(4): 495-506

To re-establish picture-sentence verification-discredited possibly for its over-reliance on post-sentence response time (RT) measures-as a task for situated comprehension, we collected event-related brain potentials (ERPs) as participants read a subject-verb-object sentence, and RTs indicating whether or not the verb matched a previously depicted action. For mismatches (vs. matches), speeded RTs were longer, verb N400s over centro-parietal scalp larger, and ERPs to the object noun more negative. RTs (congruence effect) correlated inversely with the centro-parietal verb N400s, and positively with the object ERP congruence effects. Verb N400s, object ERPs, and verbal working memory scores predicted more variance in RT effects (50%) than N400s alone. Thus, (1) verification processing is not all post-sentence; (2) simple priming cannot account for these results; and (3) verification tasks can inform studies of situated comprehension.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 052269479

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 20701712

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2010.01080.x

Related references

Comprehending quantified sentences: The relation between sentence-picture and semantic memory verification. Cognitive Psychology 6(2): 216-236, 1974

Listening to "flying ducks": individual differences in sentence-picture verification investigated with ERPs. Psychophysiology 49(3): 312-321, 2012

Sentence-picture verification models as theories of sentence comprehension: A critique of Carpenter and Just. Psychological Review 83(4): 310-317, 1976

Pragmatic inferences modulate N400 during sentence comprehension: evidence from picture-sentence verification. Neuroscience Letters 534: 246-251, 2013

Different mechanisms for role relations versus verb-action congruence effects: evidence from ERPs in picture-sentence verification. Acta Psychologica 152: 133-148, 2014

Processing strategies in picture-sentence verification tasks. Memory and Cognition 2(3): 554-560, 1974

Verifying visual properties in sentence verification facilitates picture recognition memory. Experimental Psychology 54(3): 173-179, 2007

Sentence comprehension in adolescents with Down syndrome and typically developing children: role of sentence voice, visual context, and auditory-verbal short-term memory. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research 48(1): 172-188, 2005

Distinct neural correlates for pragmatic and semantic meaning processing: an event-related potential investigation of scalar implicature processing using picture-sentence verification. Brain Research 1490: 134-152, 2013

Are visual processes causally involved in "perceptual simulation" effects in the sentence-picture verification task?. Cognition 182: 84-94, 2018

Comprehending ambiguity in the sentence verification paradigm basic process or problem solving. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 21(5): 373-376, 1983

Lexical Planning in Sentence Production Is Highly Incremental: Evidence from ERPs. Plos One 11(1): E0146359, 2016

Sentence verification, sentence recognition, and the semantic-episodic distinction. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Learning and Memory 4(4): 304-317, 1978

Monitoring in language perception: evidence from ERPs in a picture-sentence matching task. Neuropsychologia 46(4): 967-982, 2008

Semantic control of eye movements in picture scanning during sentence-picture verification. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 12(1): 61-64, 1972