Marta Kutas (UC San Diego)
The electrophysiological ups and downs of incremental sentence processing
: Event related brain potentials (ERPs) are an excellent measure of brain sensitivities during online sentence processing. They have provided insight into the nature of incremental interpretation of written sentences, which they (among other online measures) have revealed to be inherently predictive, at times less than fully incremental, and routinely subject to not only the contents but the functional organization (e.g., categories, events) of semantic memory. I will describe the logic and particulars of some of our electrophysiological studies that have led to these conclusions.