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Science. 1980 Jan 11;207(4427):203-5.

Reading senseless sentences: brain potentials reflect semantic incongruity.

Abstract

In a sentence reading task, words that occurred out of context were associated with specific types of event-related brain potentials. Words that were physically aberrant (larger than normal) elecited a late positive series of potentials, whereas semantically inappropriate words elicited a late negative wave (N400). The N400 wave may be an electrophysiological sign of the "reprocessing" of semantically anomalous information.

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