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Meaning in mind: Semantic richness effects in language processing

Edited by: Penny M. Pexman, Paul D. Siakaluk, Melvin J. Yap

Publisher: Frontiers Media SA

ISBN: 978-2-88919-182-6

Product Name: Frontiers Research Topic Ebook

To the skilled reader, the process by which meaning is extracted from print feels almost effortless. This feeling, however, is misleading, because the process is actually quite complex. As skilled readers we have little conscious insight about this process, so in order to study it researchers must devise careful experiments, and make use of all the tools available to modern Cognitive Science. The contributions in this book represent one such approach: the study of semantic richness effects provides important clues about how readers generate meaning from words.

Semantic richness refers to natural variability that exists in the meaning information associated with different words, and semantic richness effects are the behavioral and neural consequences of that variability. The contributions in this book illustrate that semantic richness can be defined in many different ways, as a function of every extant model of word meaning, and that semantic processing can be examined with varied behavioral, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological paradigms. As such, these contributions test current models and provide new answers to the complex question of how word meaning is understood.

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