Time-generalized multivariate analysis of EEG responses reveals a cascading architecture of semantic mismatch processing

2020-01-06T11:25:30Z (GMT) by Edvard Heikel

This entry includes the required data to conduct the analysis from our paper. It includes recordings, a look-up csv for target word onsets and montage file. Github page for analysis code: https://github.com/heikele/GAT_n4-p6


Abstract from submitted paper:

Event-related brain potentials have a strong impact on neurocognitive models, as they inform about the temporal sequence of cognitive processes. Nevertheless, their value for deciding among alternative cognitive architectures is partly limited by component overlap and the possibility of ambiguity regarding component identity. Here, we apply temporally-generalized multivariate pattern analysis – a recently-proposed machine learning method capable of tracking the evolution of neurocognitive processes over time – to constrain possible alternative architectures underlying the processing of semantic incongruency in sentences. In a spoken sentence paradigm, we replicate established N400/P600 correlates of semantic mismatch. Time-generalized decoding indicatesthat early vs. late mismatch-sensitive processes are (i) distinct in their neural substrate, arguing against recurrent or latency-shifted single process architectures, and (ii) partially overlapping in time, inconsistent withpredictions of strictly serial models. These results are in accordance withan incremental-cascading neurocognitive organization of semantic mismatch processing. We propose time-generalized multivariate decoding as a valuable tool for neurocognitive language studies.


Keywords: EEG; ERP; semantic mismatch; N400; P600; multivariate pattern analysis; generalization across time decoding