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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542396/using-stochastic-language-models-slm-to-map-lexical-syntactic-and-phonological-information-processing-in-the-brain
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Alessandro Lopopolo, Stefan L Frank, Antal van den Bosch, Roel M Willems
Language comprehension involves the simultaneous processing of information at the phonological, syntactic, and lexical level. We track these three distinct streams of information in the brain by using stochastic measures derived from computational language models to detect neural correlates of phoneme, part-of-speech, and word processing in an fMRI experiment. Probabilistic language models have proven to be useful tools for studying how language is processed as a sequence of symbols unfolding in time. Conditional probabilities between sequences of words are at the basis of probabilistic measures such as surprisal and perplexity which have been successfully used as predictors of several behavioural and neural correlates of sentence processing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542333/it-takes-biking-to-learn-physical-activity-improves-learning-a-second-language
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Fengqin Liu, Simone Sulpizio, Suchada Kornpetpanee, Remo Job
Recent studies have shown that concurrent physical activity enhances learning a completely unfamiliar L2 vocabulary as compared to learning it in a static condition. In this paper we report a study whose aim is twofold: to test for possible positive effects of physical activity when L2 learning has already reached some level of proficiency, and to test whether the assumed better performance when engaged in physical activity is limited to the linguistic level probed at training (i.e. L2 vocabulary tested by means of a Word-Picture Verification task), or whether it extends also to the sentence level (which was tested by means of a Sentence Semantic Judgment Task)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541076/brand-name-confusion-subjective-and-objective-measures-of-orthographic-similarity
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Jennifer S Burt, Kimberley A McFarlane, Sarah J Kelly, Michael S Humphreys, Kimberlee Weatherall, Robert G Burrell
Determining brand name similarity is vital in areas of trademark registration and brand confusion. Students rated the orthographic (spelling) similarity of word pairs (Experiments 1, 2, and 4) and brand name pairs (Experiment 5). Similarity ratings were consistently higher when words shared beginnings rather than endings, whereas shared pronunciation of the stressed vowel had small and less consistent effects on ratings. In Experiment 3 a behavioral task confirmed the similarity of shared beginnings in lexical processing...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Applied
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539124/disease-causality-extraction-based-on-lexical-semantics-and-document-clause-frequency-from-biomedical-literature
#4
Dong-Gi Lee, Hyunjung Shin
BACKGROUND: Recently, research on human disease network has succeeded and has become an aid in figuring out the relationship between various diseases. In most disease networks, however, the relationship between diseases has been simply represented as an association. This representation results in the difficulty of identifying prior diseases and their influence on posterior diseases. In this paper, we propose a causal disease network that implements disease causality through text mining on biomedical literature...
May 18, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536520/aging-modulates-the-hemispheric-specialization-during-word-production
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Elena Hoyau, Naila Boudiaf, Emilie Cousin, Cedric Pichat, Nathalie Fournet, Alexandre Krainik, Assia Jaillard, Monica Baciu
Although older adults exhibit normal accuracy in performing word retrieval and generation (lexical production; e.g., object naming), they are generally slower in responding than younger adults. To maintain accuracy, older adults recruit compensatory mechanisms and strategies. We focused on two such possible compensatory mechanisms, one semantic and one executive. These mechanisms are reflected at inter- and intra-hemispheric levels by various patterns of reorganization of lexical production cerebral networks...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533406/spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-word-retrieval-in-speech-production-revealed-by-cortical-high-frequency-band-activity
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Stephanie K Riès, Rummit K Dhillon, Alex Clarke, David King-Stephens, Kenneth D Laxer, Peter B Weber, Rachel A Kuperman, Kurtis I Auguste, Peter Brunner, Gerwin Schalk, Jack J Lin, Josef Parvizi, Nathan E Crone, Nina F Dronkers, Robert T Knight
Word retrieval is core to language production and relies on complementary processes: the rapid activation of lexical and conceptual representations and word selection, which chooses the correct word among semantically related competitors. Lexical and conceptual activation is measured by semantic priming. In contrast, word selection is indexed by semantic interference and is hampered in semantically homogeneous (HOM) contexts. We examined the spatiotemporal dynamics of these complementary processes in a picture naming task with blocks of semantically heterogeneous (HET) or HOM stimuli...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528198/on-national-flags-and-language-tags-effects-of-flag-language-congruency-in-bilingual-word-recognition
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Jonathan Grainger, Mathieu Declerck, Yousri Marzouki
French-English bilinguals performed a generalized lexical decision experiment with mixed lists of French and English words and pseudo-words. In Experiment 1, each word/pseudo-word was superimposed on the picture of the French or UK flag, and flag-word congruency was manipulated. The flag was not informative with respect to either the lexical decision response or the language of the word. Nevertheless, lexical decisions to word stimuli were faster following the congruent flag compared with the incongruent flag, but only for French (L1) words...
May 18, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523673/the-function-of-language-in-parent-infant-psychotherapy
#8
Björn Salomonsson
Parent-infant psychotherapy, a rather new field in psychoanalysis, raises questions of how to conceptualize the clinical process. Previous publications have used semiotic concepts to account for the therapist's non-verbal communication and investigated the countertransference, including what the baby might grasp of its variations. The present paper focuses on another argument for using verbal interventions to a baby in therapy; they present him with a symbolic order that differs from that of the parent. The qualitative difference between the parent's and the analyst's address is conceptualized by Dolto's term parler vrai...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Psycho-analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522331/internal-mechanisms-underlying-anticipatory-language-processing-evidence-from-event-related-potentials-and-neural-oscillations
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Xiaoqing Li, Yuping Zhang, Jinyan Xia, Tamara Y Swaab
Although numerous studies have demonstrated that the language processing system can predict upcoming content during comprehension, there is still no clear picture of the anticipatory stage of predictive processing. This electroencephalograph study examined the cognitive and neural oscillatory mechanisms underlying anticipatory processing during language comprehension, and the consequences of this prediction for bottom-up processing of predicted/unpredicted content. Participants read Mandarin Chinese sentences that were either strongly or weakly constraining and that contained critical nouns that were congruent or incongruent with the sentence contexts...
May 15, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521556/maintenance-of-key-word-signing-in-adults-with-intellectual-disabilities-novel-signed-turns-facilitated-by-partners-consistent-input-and-sign-imitation
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Ellen Rombouts, Bea Maes, Inge Zink
The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between the use of key word signing (KWS) by support staff and by adults with intellectual disabilities (clients) who had experience with using KWS. Specifically, we explored whether these clients were more inclined to use KWS when support staff used KWS or imitated signs. One-to-one conversations between 24 clients and their support staff were filmed and transcribed. Partner turns were coded for communication mode (spoken or signed) and KWS response type (i...
May 18, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521543/word-learning-performance-of-children-with-and-without-cochlear-implants-given-synchronous-and-asynchronous-cues
#11
Emily Lund, C Melanie Schuele
This study sought to evaluate the effects of synchronous and asynchronous auditory-visual cues on the word-learning performance of children with cochlear implants and children with normal hearing matched for chronological age. Children with cochlear implants (n = 9) who had worn the implant for less than one year and children matched for chronological age (n = 9) participated in rapid word-learning trials. Children with cochlear implants did not learn words in either the synchronous or asynchronous condition (U = 49...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515265/clinical-marker-for-alzheimer-disease-pathology-in-logopenic-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Lucia A A Giannini, David J Irwin, Corey T McMillan, Sharon Ash, Katya Rascovsky, David A Wolk, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, Edward B Lee, John Q Trojanowski, Murray Grossman
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether logopenic features of phonologic loop dysfunction reflect Alzheimer disease (AD) neuropathology in primary progressive aphasia (PPA). METHODS: We performed a retrospective case-control study of 34 patients with PPA with available autopsy tissue. We compared baseline and longitudinal clinical features in patients with primary AD neuropathology to those with primary non-AD pathologies. We analyzed regional neuroanatomic disease burden in pathology-defined groups using postmortem neuropathologic data...
May 17, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509383/arab-levantine-personality-structure-a-psycholexical-study-of-modern-standard-arabic-in-lebanon-syria-jordan-and-the-west-bank
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Pia Zeinoun, Lina Daouk-Öyry, Lina Choueiri, Fons J R van de Vijver
OBJECTIVE: The debate of whether personality traits are universal or culture-specific has been informed by psycholexical (or lexical) studies conducted in tens of languages and cultures. We contribute to this debate through a series of studies in which we investigated personality descriptors in Modern Standard Arabic, the variety of Arabic that is presumably common to about 26 countries and native to more than 200 million people. METHOD: We identified an appropriate source of personality descriptors, extracted them, and systematically reduced them to 167 personality traits that are common, are not redundant with each other, and are familiar and commonly understood in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the West Bank (Palestinian Territories)...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505581/spatiotemporal-reorganization-of-the-reading-network-in-adult-dyslexia
#14
Eddy Cavalli, Pascale Colé, Chotiga Pattamadilok, Jean-Michel Badier, Christelle Zielinski, Valérie Chanoine, Johannes C Ziegler
Developmental dyslexia is characterized by impairments in reading fluency and spelling that persist into adulthood. Here, we hypothesized that high-achieving adult dyslexics (i.e., university students with a history of dyslexia) manage to cope with these deficits by relying to a greater extent on morphological information than do non-impaired adult readers. We used magnetoencephalography (MEG) in a primed lexical decision task, in which we contrasted orthographic, morphological and semantic processing. Behavioral results confirmed that adult dyslexics did indeed rely to a greater extent on the semantic properties of morphemes than controls...
April 24, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505222/discourse-characteristics-in-aphasia-beyond-the-western-aphasia-battery-cutoff
#15
Davida Fromm, Margaret Forbes, Audrey Holland, Sarah Grace Dalton, Jessica Richardson, Brian MacWhinney
Purpose: This study examined discourse characteristics of individuals with aphasia who scored at or above the 93.8 cutoff on the Aphasia Quotient subtests of the Western Aphasia Battery-Revised (WAB-R; Kertesz, 2007). They were compared with participants without aphasia and those with anomic aphasia. Method: Participants were from the AphasiaBank database and included 28 participants who were not aphasic by WAB-R score (NABW), 92 participants with anomic aphasia, and 177 controls...
May 15, 2017: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503023/do-resource-constraints-affect-lexical-processing-evidence-from-eye-movements
#16
Mallorie Leinenger, Mark Myslín, Keith Rayner, Roger Levy
Human language is massively ambiguous, yet we are generally able to identify the intended meanings of the sentences we hear and read quickly and accurately. How we manage and resolve ambiguity incrementally during real-time language comprehension given our cognitive resources and constraints is a major question in human cognition. Previous research investigating resource constraints on lexical ambiguity resolution has yielded conflicting results. Here we present results from two experiments in which we recorded eye movements to test for evidence of resource constraints during lexical ambiguity resolution...
April 2017: Journal of Memory and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502995/the-psycho-lexical-approach-in-exploring-the-field-of-values-a-reply-to-schwartz
#17
Boele De Raad, Marieke E Timmerman, Fabia Morales-Vives, Walter Renner, Dick P H Barelds, Jan Pieter Van Oudenhoven
We reply to each of the issues raised by Schwartz in a commentary on our article on a comparison of value taxonomies. We discuss two approaches, mentioned in that commentary, the lexical approach and the theory-driven approach, especially with respect to their capacities in covering the domain of values and with respect to the representation of important values in a useful structure. We refute the critique by Schwartz that the lexical approach is superfluous, because his theory "toward universals in values" would already cover all values, and that their mutual relationships are relevant to individuals around the globe...
April 2017: Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501548/facilitation-and-interference-in-naming-a-consequence-of-the-same-learning-process
#18
Julie W Hughes, Tatiana T Schnur
Our success with naming depends on what we have named previously, a phenomenon thought to reflect learning processes. Repeatedly producing the same name facilitates language production (i.e., repetition priming), whereas producing semantically related names hinders subsequent performance (i.e., semantic interference). Semantic interference is found whether naming categorically related items once (continuous naming) or multiple times (blocked cyclic naming). A computational model suggests that the same learning mechanism responsible for facilitation in repetition creates semantic interference in categorical naming (Oppenheim, Dell, & Schwartz, 2010)...
May 11, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500895/a-universal-multilingual-weightless-neural-network-tagger-via-quantitative-linguistics
#19
Hugo C C Carneiro, Carlos E Pedreira, Felipe M G França, Priscila M V Lima
In the last decade, given the availability of corpora in several distinct languages, research on multilingual part-of-speech tagging started to grow. Amongst the novelties there is mWANN-Tagger (multilingual weightless artificial neural network tagger), a weightless neural part-of-speech tagger capable of being used for mostly-suffix-oriented languages. The tagger was subjected to corpora in eight languages of quite distinct natures and had a remarkable accuracy with very low sample deviation in every one of them, indicating the robustness of weightless neural systems for part-of-speech tagging tasks...
April 26, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497530/short-term-memory-in-childhood-dyslexia-deficient-serial-order-in-multiple-modalities
#20
Nelson Cowan, Tiffany P Hogan, Mary Alt, Samuel Green, Kathryn L Cabbage, Shara Brinkley, Shelley Gray
In children with dyslexia, deficits in working memory have not been well-specified. We assessed second-grade children with dyslexia, with and without concomitant specific language impairment, and children with typical development. Immediate serial recall of lists of phonological (non-word), lexical (digit), spatial (location) and visual (shape) items were included. For the latter three modalities, we used not only standard span but also running span tasks, in which the list length was unpredictable to limit mnemonic strategies...
May 12, 2017: Dyslexia: the Journal of the British Dyslexia Association
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