A magnetoencephalographic component whose latency reflects lexical frequency

D. Embick, M. Hackl, J. Schaeffer, M. Kelepir, A. Marantz

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Magnetoencephalography (MEG) measured subjects' brain responses during a lexical decision task. The words employed come from six frequency categories, which were defined in terms of a linear decrease in log-frequency. Although frequency effects in reaction-time are well-documented in studies of lexical access, a neural component whose latency predicts reaction time has not been discovered. This study identifies an MEG component (the M350) whose latency mirrors the frequency-effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-348
Number of pages4
JournalCognitive Brain Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Lexical access
  • Lexical decision
  • MEG, Language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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