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Construct: Language

RDoC Classification

Domain: Cognitive Systems


Language is a system of shared symbolic representations of the world, the self and abstract concepts that supports thought and communication.


Inferior frontal cortex Inferior Parietal Cortex Inferior temporal cortex Lateral superior and middle temporal cortices Overlap with memory, motor, sensory, and emotional circuits


anterior negativities N400 P600/late positivities


Coherent discourse Coherent sentences Production and comprehension of words


Cognitive Assessment Interview


Language Production

Linguistic corpus-based analyses of language output Naming

Language Comprehension

Ability to answer questions about the content of sentences and discourse Ability to distinguish between coherent and incoherent sentences and discourse Detection and classification of semantic relationships between words Listening and reading times to critical words and regions in linguistic input Patterns of eye movements (in eye tracking paradigms) or motor movements (in mouse tracking paradigms) to critical words and regions in linguistic input Patterns of eye movements to non-verbal visual stimuli during spoken language comprehension (the visual world paradigm)

Experimental Manipulations

Manipulations of different types of coherence and cohesion between clauses in discourse Manipulations of different types of relationships between individual words in priming paradigms Manipulations of predictability and acceptability, at different levels of representation, in a linguistic input Manipulations of relationships between language and non-verbal behaviors