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Semantic memory and its role in verb processing

Zacharczuk, Lidia (2014) Semantic memory and its role in verb processing. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Semantic Memory and its Role in Verb Processing
Lidia Zacharczuk
University of Pittsburgh, 2014

Verbs are a fundamental component of sentences, but they are also complex and require great mental effort to process and understand. Being that verbs are crucial to sentence comprehension, it is important to understand why verbs are often selectively impaired in neurogenic language disorders, such as in certain types of aphasia. The current study tested cognitively healthy younger and older adults as they performed verb and noun-based tasks that required them to tap into their semantic memory network. The goal of this study is to understand the role semantic memory plays in understanding sentences and how impairment to semantic memory, like in the case of many patients with aphasia, can impact the processing of verbs.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zacharczuk, LidiaLiz56@pitt.eduLIZ56
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorDickey, Michael Wmdickey@pitt.eduMDICKEY
Committee MemberTessa , Warrentessa@pitt.eduTESSA
Committee MemberJamie, Reilly
Committee MemberElaine , Mormeremormer@pitt.eduEMORMER
Date: 22 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 March 2014
Approval Date: 22 April 2014
Submission Date: 7 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 53
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Communication Science and Disorders
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: semantic memory, verbs, semantic processing, semantic dementia
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 16:29
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:18


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