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Curr Biol. 2002 Oct 29;12(21):R736-7.

Language acquisition: do as you hear.

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  • 1Laboratory for Magnetic Brain Stimulation, Behavioral Neurology Unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Avenue, KS-454, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


It is not uncommon to recognize a specific action by the sound it creates. Neurons have been discovered in monkey premotor cortex that may contribute to this ability; they respond to both performing an action and hearing its action-related sound, and may be critical for communicating with others, learning gestures and even acquiring language.

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