Language Imaging Lab Aphasia Battery

(~15 minutes)

Semantic Verb Matching

Example trial from the semantic verb matching test.

This test assesses conceptual knowledge about verbs, using a procedure identical to the Semantic Noun Matching test. There is extensive evidence for behavioral and neurophysiological differences between noun and verb processing (Boulenger et al., 2008; Kemmerer, 2014). Several studies indicate differences in the processing of abstract and concrete verb concepts (Desai et al., 2010; Fernandino et al., 2013).



Data analysis:


Balota DA, Yap MJ, Cortese MJ, Hutchison KA, Kessler B, Loftis B, et al. (2007). The English Lexicon Project. Behavioral Research Methods, 39, 445-459.

Boulenger V, Mechtouff L, Thobois S, Broussolle E, Jeannerod M, & Nazir TA. (2008). Word processing in Parkinson's disease is impaired for action verbs but not for concrete nouns. Neuropsychologia, 46, 743-756.

Desai R, Binder JR, Conant L, & Seidenberg MS. (2010). Activation of sensory-motor areas in sentence comprehension. Cerebral Cortex, 20, 468–478

Fernandino L, Conant LL, Binder JR, Blindauer K, Hiner B, Spangler K, & Desai RH. (2013). Parkinson’s disease disrupts both automatic and controlled processing of action verbs. Brain and Language, 127, 65–74.

Kemmerer D. (2014). Word classes in the brain: Implications of linguistic typology for cognitive neuroscience. Cortex, 58, 27-51.