Effects of cerebellar stimulation on processing semantic associations

Giorgos P. Argyropoulos, Neil G. Muggleton

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Current research in cerebellar cognitive and linguistic functions makes plausible the idea that the cerebellum is involved in processing temporally contiguous linguistic input. In order to assess this hypothesis, a lexical decision task was constructed to study the effects of cerebellar transcranial magnetic stimulation on semantic noun-to-verb priming based on association (e.g. 'soap-cleaning') or similarity (e.g. 'robbery-stealing'). The results demonstrated a selective increase in associative priming size after stimulation of a lateral cerebellar site. The findings are discussed in the contexts of a cerebellar role in linguistic expectancy generation and the corticocerebellar 'prefrontal' reciprocal loop.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-96
Number of pages14
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Neocerebellum
  • Prediction
  • Priming
  • TMS
  • Top-down processing


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