Influences of motor contexts on the semantic processing of action-related language

Jie Yang*

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    Abstract

    The contribution of the sensory-motor system to the semantic processing of language stimuli is still controversial. To address the issue, the present article focuses on the impact of motor contexts (i.e., comprehenders' motor behaviors, motor-training experiences, and motor expertise) on the semantic processing of action-related language and reviews the relevant behavioral and neuroimaging findings. The existing evidence shows that although motor contexts can influence the semantic processing of action-related concepts, the mechanism of the contextual influences is still far from clear. Future investigations will be needed to clarify (1) whether motor contexts only modulate activity in motor regions, (2) whether the contextual influences are specific to the semantic features of language stimuli, and (3) what factors can determine the facilitatory or inhibitory contextual influences on the semantic processing of action-related language.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)912-922
    Number of pages11
    JournalCognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience
    Volume14
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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