Lexical-semantic function was investigated in 10 participants with lesions of the dominant nonthalamic subcortical (NS) region and a matched normal control group. Participants performed speeded lexical decisions on the 3rd member of auditorily presented word triplets. The 4 critical triplet conditions were concordant (coin-bank-money), discordant (riverbank-money), neutral (day-bank-money), and unrelated (river-day-money). When the interstimulus interval (ISI) between the words in the triplets was 100 ms, patients with NS lesions obtained priming that indicated nonselective lexical access; at 1,250-ms ISI, however, there was no significant priming effect. This pattern of results is consistent with the view that patients with NS lesions can automatically access lexical-semantic information but may be unable to sustain lexical activation through controlled or attentional forms of processing.
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2000|
|Event||27th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society - BOSTON, United States|
Duration: 1 Feb 1999 → …