Priming picture naming with a semantic task: An fMRI investigation

Shiree Heath, Katie McMahon, Lyndsey Nickels, Anthony Angwin, Anna MacDonald, Sophia van Hees, Kori Johnson, David Copland

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Abstract

Prior semantic processing can enhance subsequent picture naming performance, yet the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying this effect and its longevity are unknown. This functional magnetic resonance imaging study examined whether different neurological mechanisms underlie short-term (within minutes) and long-term (within days) facilitation effects from a semantic task in healthy older adults. Both short- and long-term facilitated items were named significantly faster than unfacilitated items, with short-term items significantly faster than long-term items. Region of interest results identified decreased activity for long-term facilitated items compared to unfacilitated and short-term facilitated items in the mid-portion of the middle temporal gyrus, indicating lexical-semantic priming. Additionally, in the whole brain results, increased activity for short-term facilitated items was identified in regions previously linked to episodic memory and object recognition, including the right lingual gyrus (extending to the precuneus region) and the left inferior occipital gyrus (extending to the left fusiform region). These findings suggest that distinct neurocognitive mechanisms underlie short- and long-term facilitation of picture naming by a semantic task, with long-term effects driven by lexical-semantic priming and short-term effects by episodic memory and visual object recognition mechanisms.

LanguageEnglish
Article numbere32809
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2012

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Heath, S., McMahon, K., Nickels, L., Angwin, A., MacDonald, A., van Hees, S., ... Copland, D. (2012). Priming picture naming with a semantic task: An fMRI investigation. PLoS ONE, 7(3), 1-9. [e32809]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0032809
Heath, Shiree ; McMahon, Katie ; Nickels, Lyndsey ; Angwin, Anthony ; MacDonald, Anna ; van Hees, Sophia ; Johnson, Kori ; Copland, David. / Priming picture naming with a semantic task : An fMRI investigation. In: PLoS ONE. 2012 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 1-9.
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Priming picture naming with a semantic task : An fMRI investigation. / Heath, Shiree; McMahon, Katie; Nickels, Lyndsey; Angwin, Anthony; MacDonald, Anna; van Hees, Sophia; Johnson, Kori; Copland, David.

In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 7, No. 3, e32809, 07.03.2012, p. 1-9.

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Heath S, McMahon K, Nickels L, Angwin A, MacDonald A, van Hees S et al. Priming picture naming with a semantic task: An fMRI investigation. PLoS ONE. 2012 Mar 7;7(3):1-9. e32809. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0032809