The Languages of the Brain

The Languages of the Brain

by Albert M. Galaburda
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674007727

ISBN-13: 9780674007727

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The only way we can convey our thoughts in detail to another person is through verbal language. Does this imply that our thoughts ultimately rely on words? Is there only one way in which thoughts can occur? This ambitious book takes the contrary position, arguing that many possible "languages of thought" play different roles in the life of the mind.

"Language" is

Overview

The only way we can convey our thoughts in detail to another person is through verbal language. Does this imply that our thoughts ultimately rely on words? Is there only one way in which thoughts can occur? This ambitious book takes the contrary position, arguing that many possible "languages of thought" play different roles in the life of the mind.

"Language" is more than communication. It is also a means of representing information in both working and long-term memory. It provides a set of rules for combining and manipulating those representations.

A stellar lineup of international cognitive scientists, philosophers, and artists make the book's case that the brain is multilingual. Among topics discussed in the section on verbal languages are the learning of second languages, recovering language after brain damage, and sign language, and in the section on nonverbal languages, mental imagery, representations of motor activity, and the perception and representation of space.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674007727
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative Series, #6
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Albert M. Galaburda, Stephen M. Kosslyn, and Yves Christen

Part I Verbal Representation

Section 1 Verbal Processes

1. The Neuroanatomy of Categories

Albert M. Galaburda

2. The Neurological Organization of Some Language-Processing Constituents

Edgar Zurif

3. Brain Organization for Syntactic Processing

David Caplan, Nathaniel Alpert, and Gloria Waters

4. Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Phonological and Semantic Processes

Jean-François Démonet and Guillaume Thierry

Discussion: Section 1

Section 2 Verbal Content

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