The neural and computational bases of semantic cognition

Matthew Lambon Ralph, Elizabeth Jefferies, Karalyn Patterson, Timothy T Rogers

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Semantic cognition refers to our ability to use, manipulate and generalise knowledge that is acquired over the lifespan to support innumerable verbal and nonverbal behaviours. This Review summarizes key findings and issues arising from a decade of research into the neurocognitive and neurocomputational underpinnings of this ability, leading to a new framework that we term controlled
semantic cognition (CSC). CSC offers solutions to long-standing queries in philosophy and cognitive science, and yields a convergent framework for understanding the neural and computational bases of healthy semantic cognition and its dysfunction in brain disorders
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-55
Number of pages14
JournalNature Reviews. Neuroscience
Early online date24 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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