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Concurrent emotional response and semantic unification: An event-related potential study
Cao, Yang1,2; Yang, Yufang1; Wang, Lin1,3,4
First AuthorYang Cao
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Using event-related potentials, in this study we examined how implied emotion is derived from sentences. In the same sentential context, different emotionally neutral words rendered the whole sentence emotionally neutral and semantically congruent, emotionally negative and semantically congruent, or emotionally neutral and semantically incongruent. Relative to the words in the neutral-congruent condition, the words in the neutral-incongruent condition elicited a larger N400, indicating increased semantic processing, whereas the words in the negative-congruent condition elicited a long-lasting positivity between 300 and 1,000 ms, indicating an emotional response. The overlapping time windows of semantic processing and the emotional response suggest that the construction of emotional meaning operates concurrently with semantic unification. The results indicate that the implied emotional processing of sentences may be a result of unification operations but does not necessarily involve causal appraisal of a sentence's mental representation.

KeywordEmotion Unification N400 Language
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Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[31070989] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31200849] ; Excellent Young Researcher Foundation of the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences[Y4CX152008]
WOS Research AreaBehavioral Sciences ; Neurosciences & Neurology
WOS SubjectBehavioral Sciences ; Neurosciences
WOS IDWOS:000456550100010
WOS KeywordWord Recognition ; Dynamic Influence ; Brain Potentials ; Attentional Bias ; Time-course ; Information ; Language ; Perception ; Sentences ; Anxiety
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Corresponding AuthorWang, Lin
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Tufts Univ, Dept Psychol, 490 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155 USA
4.Harvard Med Sch, Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Dept Psychiat, 149 13th St, Charlestown, MA 02129 USA
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Cao, Yang,Yang, Yufang,Wang, Lin. Concurrent emotional response and semantic unification: An event-related potential study[J]. COGNITIVE AFFECTIVE & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE,2019,19(1):154-164.
APA Cao, Yang,Yang, Yufang,&Wang, Lin.(2019).Concurrent emotional response and semantic unification: An event-related potential study.COGNITIVE AFFECTIVE & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE,19(1),154-164.
MLA Cao, Yang,et al."Concurrent emotional response and semantic unification: An event-related potential study".COGNITIVE AFFECTIVE & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE 19.1(2019):154-164.
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