The balance between memory and unification in semantics: A dynamic account of the N400
Baggio, G., & Hagoort, P.
The balance between memory and unification in semantics: A dynamic account of the N400. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26
, 1338-1367. doi:10.1080/01690965.2010.542671.
At least three cognitive brain components are necessary in order for us to be able to produce and comprehend language: a Memory repository for the lexicon, a Unification buffer where lexical information is combined into novel structures, and a Control apparatus presiding over executive function in language. Here we describe the brain networks that support Memory and Unification in semantics. A dynamic account of their interactions is presented, in which a balance between the two components is sought at each word-processing step. We use the theory to provide an explanation of the N400 effect.