• Kuhnke et al., 2023
    Meta-analytic evidence for a novel hierarchical model of conceptual processing
    Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews144: 104994.
    Philipp Kuhnke, Marie C. Beaupain, Johannes Arola, Markus Kiefer, Gesa Hartwigsen

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    ABSTRACT: Conceptual knowledge plays a pivotal role in human cognition. Grounded cognition theories propose that concepts consist of perceptual-motor features represented in modality-specific perceptual-motor cortices. However, it is unclear whether conceptual processing consistently engages modality-specific areas. Here, we performed an activation likelihood estimation (ALE) meta-analysis across 212 neuroimaging experiments on conceptual processing related to 7 perceptual-motor modalities (action, sound, visual shape, motion, color, olfaction-gustation, and emotion). We found that conceptual processing consistently engages brain regions also activated during real perceptual-motor experience of the same modalities. In addition, we identified multimodal convergence zones that are recruited for multiple modalities. In particular, the left inferior parietal lobe (IPL) and posterior middle temporal gyrus (pMTG) are engaged for three modalities: action, motion, and sound. These “trimodal” regions are surrounded by “bimodal” regions engaged for two modalities. Our findings support a novel model of the conceptual system, according to which conceptual processing relies on a hierarchical neural architecture from modality-specific to multimodal areas up to an amodal hub.
    Keywords: concepts -- grounded cognition -- language -- semantic memory -- fMRI
    Submitted by: pkuhnke
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    Last modified: 2022-12-10 17:08:47
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    ANIMA ID: 408283

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