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Semantic object processing is modulated by prior scene context

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Abstract

Objects that are congruent with a scene are recognised more efficiently than objects that are incongruent. Further, semantic integration of incongruent objects elicits a stronger N300/N400 EEG component. Yet, the time course and mechanisms of how contextual information supports access to semantic object information is unclear. We used computational modelling and EEG to test how context influences semantic object processing. Using representational similarity analysis, we established that EEG patterns dissociated between objects in congruent or incongruent scenes from around 300 ms. By modelling semantic processing of objects using independently normed properties, we confirm that the onset of semantic processing of both congruent and incongruent objects is similar (~150 ms). Critically, after ~275 ms, we discover a difference in the duration of semantic integration, lasting longer for incongruent compared to congruent objects. These results constrain our understanding of how contextual information supports access to semantic object information.

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5202 Biological Psychology, 5204 Cognitive and Computational Psychology, 52 Psychology, Neurosciences, Neurological

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Language, Cognition and Neuroscience

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Journal ISSN

2327-3798
2327-3801

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Publisher

Informa UK Limited
Sponsorship
Wellcome Trust (211200/Z/18/Z)