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Induced and Evoked Brain Activation Related to the Processing of Onomatopoetic Verbs

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Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology, Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine University, 40225 Duesseldorf, Germany
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Neural Basis of Learning Lab, Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr University, 44801 Bochum, Germany
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Academic Editors: Yury Shtyrov, Andreas Højlund and Olga Shcherbakova
Brain Sci. 2022, 12(4), 481; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12040481
Received: 14 February 2022 / Revised: 16 March 2022 / Accepted: 31 March 2022 / Published: 6 April 2022
Grounded cognition theory postulates that cognitive processes related to motor or sensory content are processed by brain networks involved in motor execution and perception, respectively. Processing words with auditory features was shown to activate the auditory cortex. Our study aimed at determining whether onomatopoetic verbs (e.g., “tröpfeln”—to dripple), whose articulation reproduces the sound of respective actions, engage the auditory cortex more than non-onomatopoetic verbs. Alpha and beta brain frequencies as well as evoked-related fields (ERFs) were targeted as potential neurophysiological correlates of this linguistic auditory quality. Twenty participants were measured with magnetoencephalography (MEG) while semantically processing visually presented onomatopoetic and non-onomatopoetic German verbs. While a descriptively stronger left temporal alpha desynchronization for onomatopoetic verbs did not reach statistical significance, a larger ERF for onomatopoetic verbs emerged at about 240 ms in the centro-parietal area. Findings suggest increased cortical activation related to onomatopoeias in linguistically relevant areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: onomatopoeia; verbs; beta; alpha; ERF; MEG onomatopoeia; verbs; beta; alpha; ERF; MEG
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Röders, D.; Klepp, A.; Schnitzler, A.; Biermann-Ruben, K.; Niccolai, V. Induced and Evoked Brain Activation Related to the Processing of Onomatopoetic Verbs. Brain Sci. 2022, 12, 481. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12040481

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Röders D, Klepp A, Schnitzler A, Biermann-Ruben K, Niccolai V. Induced and Evoked Brain Activation Related to the Processing of Onomatopoetic Verbs. Brain Sciences. 2022; 12(4):481. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12040481

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Röders, Dorian, Anne Klepp, Alfons Schnitzler, Katja Biermann-Ruben, and Valentina Niccolai. 2022. "Induced and Evoked Brain Activation Related to the Processing of Onomatopoetic Verbs" Brain Sciences 12, no. 4: 481. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12040481

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