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    Is there a semantic system for abstract words?

    Shallice, T. and Cooper, Richard P. (2013) Is there a semantic system for abstract words? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7 (175), pp. 1-10. ISSN 1662-5161.

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    Two views on the semantics of concrete words are that their core mental representations are feature-based or are reconstructions of sensory experience. We argue that neither of these approaches is capable of representing the semantics of abstract words, which involve the representation of possibly hypothetical physical and mental states, the binding of entities within a structure, and the possible use of embedding (or recursion) in such structures. Brain based evidence in the form of dissociations between deficits related to concrete and abstract semantics corroborates the hypothesis. Neuroimaging evidence suggests that left lateral inferior frontal cortex supports those processes responsible for the representation of abstract words.


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    Additional Information: This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): semantics, concepts, abstract words, embodied cognition, left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Rick Cooper
    Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 08:21
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:03


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