Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

What sort of model could account for an early autonomy and a late interaction revealed by ERPs?

Frédéric Isel a1
a1 Max Planck Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany


Norris, McQueen & Cutler demonstrated that feedback is never necessary during lexical access and proposed a new autonomous model, that is, the Merge model, taking into account the known behavioral data on word recognition. For sentence processing, recent event-related brain potentials (ERPs) data suggest that interactions can occur but only after an initial autonomous stage of processing. Thus at this level too, there is no evidence in favor of feedback.