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Behav Brain Sci. 2014 Dec;37(6):561-2; discussion 577-604. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X13004093.

Why we can talk, debate, and change our minds: neural circuits, basal ganglia operations, and transcriptional factors.

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Department of Cognitive,Linguistic and Psychological Sciences,Brown University,Providence,RI 02912.Philip.Lieberman@gmail.comwww.Brown.edu.

Abstract

Ackermann et al. disregard attested knowledge concerning aphasia, Parkinson disease, cortical-to-striatal circuits, basal ganglia, laryngeal phonation, and other matters. Their dual-pathway model cannot account for "what is special about the human brain." Their human cortical-to-laryngeal neural circuit does not exist. Basal ganglia operations, enhanced by mutations on FOXP2, confer human motor-control, linguistic, and cognitive capabilities.

PMID:
25514951
DOI:
10.1017/S0140525X13004093
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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