Using functional magnetic resonance imaging the neural activity associated with error commission and conflict monitoring in a lexical decision task was assessed. In a cohort of 20 native speakers of Spanish conflict was introduced by presenting words with high and low lexical frequency and pseudo-words with high and low syllabic frequency for the first syllable. Erroneous versus correct responses showed activation in the frontomedial and left inferior frontal cortex. A similar pattern was found for correctly classified words of low versus high lexical frequency and for correctly classified pseudo-words of high versus low syllabic frequency. Conflict-related activations for language materials largely overlapped with error-induced activations. The effect of syllabic frequency underscores the role of sublexical processing in visual word recognition and supports the view that the initial syllable mediates between the letter and word level.
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)