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Comprehension through explanation as the interaction of the brain’s coherence and cognitive control networks

Moss, Jarrod and Schunn, Christian D. (2015) Comprehension through explanation as the interaction of the brain’s coherence and cognitive control networks. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9. ISSN 1662-5161

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Discourse comprehension processes attempt to produce an elaborate and well-connected representation in the reader’s mind. A common network of regions including the angular gyrus, posterior cingulate, and dorsal frontal cortex appears to be involved in constructing coherent representations in a variety of tasks including social cognition tasks, narrative comprehension, and expository text comprehension. Reading strategies that require the construction of explicit inferences are used in the present research to examine how this coherence network interacts with other brain regions. A psychophysiological interaction analysis was used to examine regions showing changed functional connectivity with this coherence network when participants were engaged in either a non-inferencing reading strategy, paraphrasing, or a strategy requiring coherence-building inferences, self-explanation. Results of the analysis show that the coherence network increases in functional connectivity with a cognitive control network that may be specialized for the manipulation of semantic representations and the construction of new relations among these representations.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Moss, Jarrod
Schunn, Christian
Date: 23 October 2015
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Volume: 9
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00562
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1662-5161
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 16:41
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 16:41


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