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Brain Lang. 2015 Sep;148:23-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2015.06.001. Epub 2015 Jul 15.

Re-visiting the electrophysiology of language.

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Department of Psychology, University of Lübeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23562 Lübeck, Germany; Max Planck Research Group "Auditory Cognition", Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. Electronic address:


This editorial accompanies a special issue of Brain and Language re-visiting old themes and new leads in the electrophysiology of language. The event-related potential (ERP) as a series of characteristic deflections ("components") over time and their distribution on the scalp has been exploited by speech and language researchers over decades to find support for diverse psycholinguistic models. Fortunately, methodological and statistical advances have allowed human neuroscience to move beyond some of the limitations imposed when looking at the ERP only. Most importantly, we currently witness a refined and refreshed look at "event-related" (in the literal sense) brain activity that relates itself more closely to the actual neurobiology of speech and language processes. It is this imminent change in handling and interpreting electrophysiological data of speech and language experiments that this special issue intends to capture.


ECoG; EEG; Event-related potentials; Prediction; Speech comprehension; Time–frequency analysis

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