Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Trends Cogn Sci. 2015 Mar;19(3):142-50. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.12.008. Epub 2015 Jan 15.

Neurobiological roots of language in primate audition: common computational properties.

Author information

  • 1Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia; Department of Germanic Linguistics, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany. Electronic address: Ina.Bornkessel-Schlesewsky@unisa.edu.au.
  • 2Department of English and Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany.
  • 3Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA.
  • 4Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition, Department of Neuroscience, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, USA; Institute for Advanced Study, Technische Universität München, Garching, Germany.

Abstract

Here, we present a new perspective on an old question: how does the neurobiology of human language relate to brain systems in nonhuman primates? We argue that higher-order language combinatorics, including sentence and discourse processing, can be situated in a unified, cross-species dorsal-ventral streams architecture for higher auditory processing, and that the functions of the dorsal and ventral streams in higher-order language processing can be grounded in their respective computational properties in primate audition. This view challenges an assumption, common in the cognitive sciences, that a nonhuman primate model forms an inherently inadequate basis for modeling higher-level language functions.

KEYWORDS:

auditory objects; dual pathways; language; nonhuman primate model; sequence processing

PMID:
25600585
PMCID:
PMC4348204
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2014.12.008
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center