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date: 26 February 2020

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Text comprehension research analyzes processes needed for integrating sentences or utterances into a coherent discourse representation. This chapter introduces the linguistic concepts cohesion, coherence, and situation model and summarizes cognitive theories of text comprehension. The second section provides a brief overview of the most lively current research domains, divided into three parts: (a) Cognitive studies target the relationship between memory and comprehension, the integration of information across multiple texts, and mind wandering during reading. (b) Educational applications include automated systems for the analysis of text features and structures, as well as the design and testing of interventions for improving comprehension skill in readers. (c) Neuroimaging studies show that the anterior temporal lobes, the fronto-medial cortex, and the posterior cingulate cortex are as crucial for the functional neuroanatomy of text comprehension. The chapter concludes with methodological advances that will influence text comprehension research and provides an outlook to future perspectives.

Keywords: text comprehension, discourse, reading, coherence, neuroimaging

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