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J Neurophysiol. 2019 May 1;121(5):1585-1587. doi: 10.1152/jn.00065.2019. Epub 2019 Feb 20.

Semantic representation of abstract and concrete words: a minireview of neural evidence.

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1
Department of General Psychology, University of Padova , Padova , Italy.
2
Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London , London , United Kingdom.

Abstract

Evidence from both behavioral and neuropsychological studies suggest that different types of organizational principles govern semantic representations of abstract and concrete words. The reviewed neuroimaging studies provide new evidence about the role of brain areas of the semantic network involved in the encoding of some types of information during processing of abstract and concrete concepts, better characterizing the neural underpinnings and the organizational principles of semantic representation of these types of word.

KEYWORDS:

abstract words; concrete words; fMRI; semantic representation

PMID:
30785804
DOI:
10.1152/jn.00065.2019

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