Conceptual combination is an essential cognitive process, yet little is known about its neural correlates. In the present study, a categorization task was used to evoke patterns of neural activation for complex concepts (e.g., young man) as well as their constituents (e.g., young, man). A functional region of interest (fROI) within left anterolateral temporal lobe was identified as a possible site of conceptual combination. In this region, the superimposition of activity for constituent concepts reliably predicted the activation pattern for the complex concept built from those constituents.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2010|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Conceptual combination
- Pattern analysis