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Neurophysiological Modulations of Non-Verbal and Verbal Dual-Tasks Interference during Word Planning

Published inPloS one, vol. 11, no. 12, e0168358
Publication date2016

Running a concurrent task while speaking clearly interferes with speech planning, but whether verbal vs. non-verbal tasks interfere with the same processes is virtually unknown. We investigated the neural dynamics of dual-task interference on word production using event-related potentials (ERPs) with either tones or syllables as concurrent stimuli. Participants produced words from pictures in three conditions: without distractors, while passively listening to distractors and during a distractor detection task. Production latencies increased for tasks with higher attentional demand and were longer for syllables relative to tones. ERP analyses revealed common modulations by dual-task for verbal and non-verbal stimuli around 240 ms, likely corresponding to lexical selection. Modulations starting around 350 ms prior to vocal onset were only observed when verbal stimuli were involved. These later modulations, likely reflecting interference with phonological-phonetic encoding, were observed only when overlap between tasks was maximal and the same underlying neural circuits were engaged (cross-talk).

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FARGIER, Raphaël, LAGANARO, Marina. Neurophysiological Modulations of Non-Verbal and Verbal Dual-Tasks Interference during Word Planning. In: PloS one, 2016, vol. 11, n° 12, p. e0168358. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168358
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