Our study evaluated motor cortex involvement during silent reading of sentences referring to hand actions. We aimed at defining whether sentential polarity (affirmative vs. negative) would modulate motor cortex activation using the event-related desynchronization (ERD) analysis of the mu rhythm. Eleven healthy volunteers performed a reading task involving 160 sentences (80 affirmative: 40 hand-related, 40 abstract; 80 negative: 40 hand-related, 40 abstract). After reading each sentence, subjects had to decide whether the verb was high or low frequency in Italian. Electroencephalographic (EEG) activity was recorded with 32 surface electrodes and mu ERD analyses were performed for each subject. Hand-action related sentences induced a greater mu ERD over the left premotor and motor hand areas compared to abstract sentences. Mu ERD was greater and temporally delayed when the hand-related verbs were presented in the negative versus affirmative form. As predicted by the embodied semantic theory of language understanding, motor areas were activated during sentences referring to hand actions. In addition, motor cortex activation was larger for negative than affirmative motor sentences, a finding compatible with the hypothesis that comprehension is more demanding in the specific case of motor content negation.

Alemanno, F., Houdayer, E., Cursi, M., Velikova, S., Tettamanti, M., Cappa, S., et al. (2012). Action-related semantic content and negation polarity modulate motor areas during sentence reading: a mu event-related desynchronization study. BRAIN RESEARCH, 1484, 39-49 [10.1016/j.brainres.2012.09.030].

Action-related semantic content and negation polarity modulate motor areas during sentence reading: a mu event-related desynchronization study

Tettamanti, M.;
2012

Abstract

Our study evaluated motor cortex involvement during silent reading of sentences referring to hand actions. We aimed at defining whether sentential polarity (affirmative vs. negative) would modulate motor cortex activation using the event-related desynchronization (ERD) analysis of the mu rhythm. Eleven healthy volunteers performed a reading task involving 160 sentences (80 affirmative: 40 hand-related, 40 abstract; 80 negative: 40 hand-related, 40 abstract). After reading each sentence, subjects had to decide whether the verb was high or low frequency in Italian. Electroencephalographic (EEG) activity was recorded with 32 surface electrodes and mu ERD analyses were performed for each subject. Hand-action related sentences induced a greater mu ERD over the left premotor and motor hand areas compared to abstract sentences. Mu ERD was greater and temporally delayed when the hand-related verbs were presented in the negative versus affirmative form. As predicted by the embodied semantic theory of language understanding, motor areas were activated during sentences referring to hand actions. In addition, motor cortex activation was larger for negative than affirmative motor sentences, a finding compatible with the hypothesis that comprehension is more demanding in the specific case of motor content negation.
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Action representation; EEG; Embodied simulation; Event related desynchronization; Language; Sentential negation;
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Alemanno, F., Houdayer, E., Cursi, M., Velikova, S., Tettamanti, M., Cappa, S., et al. (2012). Action-related semantic content and negation polarity modulate motor areas during sentence reading: a mu event-related desynchronization study. BRAIN RESEARCH, 1484, 39-49 [10.1016/j.brainres.2012.09.030].
Alemanno, F; Houdayer, E; Cursi, M; Velikova, S; Tettamanti, M; Cappa, S; Leocani, L
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