Broca's Region

Broca's Region

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Broca's region has been in the news ever since scientists realized that particular cognitive functions could be localized to parts of the cerebral cortex. Its discoverer, Paul Broca, was one of the first researchers to argue for a direct connection between a concrete behavior-in this case, the use of language-and a specific cortical region. Today, Broca's region is perhaps the most famous part of the human brain, and for over a century, has persisted as the focus of intense research and numerous debates. The name has even penetrated mainstream culture through popular science and the theater. Broca's region is famous for a good reason: As language is one of the most distinctive human traits, the cognitive mechanisms that support it and the tissues in which these mechanisms are housed are also quite complex, and so have the potential to reveal a lot not only about how words, phrases, sentences, and grammatical rules are instantiated in neural tissue, but also, and more broadly, about how brain functshow more

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  • Hardback | 440 pages
  • 182 x 256 x 30mm | 1,020.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 70 line illustrations and 31 black & white photographs
  • 0195177649
  • 9780195177640

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About Yosef Grodzinsky

Yosef Grodzinsky is Professor of Linguistics and Canada Research Chair in Neurolinguistics at McGill University, and Associate Member of the Department of Neurology/Neurosurgery. He is also Adjunct Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. Grodzinsky is interested in the neurological instantiation of formal syntactic and semantic knowledge, which he has been studying both in health and in disease. Katrin Amunts is Professor of Structural-Functional Brain Mapping at Aachen University and the Institute of Medicine at the Research Center Julich. She completed her postdoctoral work and was a lecturer in anatomy at the C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research of the Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf. In 1999, she moved to Julich and set up a new research unit for brain mapping. Her current research project is to create, along with Karl Zilles, the first probabilistic, cytoarchitectonic atlas of the human brain. Amunts is particularly interested in the neuroanatomy underlying language processing."show more

Table of contents

PART 1: MATTERS ANATOMICAL; PART 2: MATTERS LINGUISTIC; PART 3: MOTOR ASPECTS AND SIGN LANGUAGE; PART 4: PSYCHOLINGUISTIC INVESTIGATION; PART 5: HISTORICAL ARTICLES, INTRODUCTIONshow more

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