A group of German and Russian researchers tested new ways of how the brain learns new words, as part of a new release in the Journal of Neurolinguistics.
Conducted by experts at the University of Tübingen and Ural Federal University, the use of electroencephalography led to the measurement of incongruent sentence endings through two separate experiments.
“The study investigated the effect of unintentional learning of semantically unrelated word pairs on event-related brain potentials,” the authors wrote in their journal article.
Based on the findings, researchers concluded with the following: “The results indicate that, in addition to a repetition effect, unintentional learning of word pairs results in building new associations between previously unrelated words.”
The study was released by Maryam Farshad, Yuri Pavlov, and Boris Kotchoubey.