Neurolinguistics: Different Perspectives on Brain and Language

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 741–742. Reviews the book, Studies in Neurolinguistics, Vol. 3 edited by Haiganoosh Whitaker and Harry A. Whitaker (1977). The topics in the seven chapters of the present volume range from studies of aphasia and dyslexia to research on the limbic system and electrophysiological asymmetries. The human limbic system shows impressive elaboration in comparison to homologous areas in other primates and the notion that it has an important function in communication is attractive. However, convincing data that support this notion are scant. The classification scheme relating communicative functions to limbic subdivisions, although admittedly speculative, represents a serious attempt to achieve a workable frame of reference that may be useful for research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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