Chapter 11 - The Speaking Brain

Links and Media

An interview with Professor Angela Friederici on language in the brain
Professor Alfonso Caramazza on the use of sensory-motor representations in language and thought
Karalyn Patterson on “Clues to the nature of semantic disorders from the things patients say and do”
A lecture from Professor Jamie Ward, author of The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience on “The Speaking Brain”

Additional Reading

A functional imaging study showing that different regions of the temporal lobe are implicated depending on the specificity of the conceptual knowledge required (e.g. bird v. robin)
Rogers, T. T., Hocking, J., Noppeney, U., Mechelli, A., Gorno-Tempini, M. L., Patterson, K., & Price, C.J. (2006). Anterior temporal cortex and semantic memory: Reconciling findings from neuropsychology and functional imaging. Cognitive Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 6, 201–213.
An historical overview and a summary of contemporary knowledge in the area of sentence processing
Martin, R. (2006). The neuropsychology of sentence processing: Where do we stand? Cognitive Neuropsychology, 23, 74–95
An interesting, and influential, extension of the idea of dorsal and ventral streams into the domain of speech perception and language processing
Hickok, G. & Poeppel, D. (2004). Dorsal and ventral streams: A framework for understanding aspects of the functional anatomy of language. Cognition, 92, 67–99.
An ERP study showing that the N400 depends on real-world knowledge as well as semantic context
Hagoort, P., Hald, L., Bastiaansen, M., & Petersson, K. M. (2004). Integration of word meaning and world knowledge in language comprehension. Science, 304, 438–441.