Language and Action in Cognitive Neuroscience (Contemporary Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience)

Language and Action in Cognitive Neuroscience (Contemporary Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience)

By: Angela Bartolo (editor), Yann Coello (editor)Hardback

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This book collates the most up to date evidence from behavioural, brain imagery and stroke-patient studies, to discuss the ways in which cognitive and neural processes are responsible for language processing. Divided into six sections, the edited volume presents arguments from evolutionist, developmental, behavioural and neurobiological perspectives, all of which point to a strong relationship between action and language. It provides a scientific basis for a new theoretical approach to language evolution, acquisition and use in humans, whilst at the same time assessing current debates on motor system's contribution to the emergence of language acquisition, perception and production. The chapters have been written by internationally acknowledged researchers from a variety of disciplines, and as such this book will be of great interest to academics, students and professionals in the areas of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, psycholinguistics and philosophy.

About Author

Yann Coello is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Lille, France. He is the director of the Research Unit on Cognitive and Affective Sciences and is the leader of the Perception, Action and Communication research team. Angela Bartolo is Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Lille, France.


M. Jeannerod, Foreword Part 1. Language and Action: Past, Present and Future P. Jacob, Embodied Cognition, Communication and the Language Faculty Part 2. Motor origin of language M. Corballis, Toward a Darwinian Perspective on Language Evolution M. Gentilucci, G. C. Campione, From Action to Speech Part 3. Action in Language Processing Y. Coello, C. Ildei-Bidet, Motor Representation and Language in Space, Object, and Movement Perception S. Rueschemeyer, H. Bekkering, Embodied Lexical Representations: Flexible Tools for Predicting the Future A. Borghi, Action Language Comprehension, Affordances and Goals, L. J. Taylor, R. Zwaan, Fault Tolerant Comprehension Part 4. Action in Language Acquisition J. Velay, M. Longcamp, Motor Skills and Written Language Perception: Contribution of Writing Knowledge to Visual Recognition of Graphic Shapes J. Bullens, N. Lienenkamper, F. Wijnen, A. Postma, Children's Use of Spatial Reference Frames in Verbal and Non-Verbal Tasks Part 5. Action in Spatial Language and Numbers J. E. Miller, L. A. Carlson, Functional Effects in Spatial Language K. R. Coventry, On the Mapping Between Spatial Language and the Vision and Action Systems M. Fischer, The Spatial Mapping of Numbers: its Origin and Flexibility M. Ishiara, Y. Rossetti, P. E. Keller, W. Prinz, Horizontal Spatial Representations of Number and Time: Continuous Number and Categorical Time Line Part 5. Language and Action Within the Brain L. Aziz-Zadeh, Embodied Semantics for Language Related to Actions: A Review of fMRI and Neuropsychological Research H. Stieglitz-Ham, A. Bartolo, The Relationship Between Gesture and Language in Brain Damaged Patients and Individuals with Autism T. A. Nazir, R. Fargier, P. Aravena, V. Boulenger, When Words Trigger Activity in the Brain's Sensory and Motor Systems: It is not Remembrance of Things Past Part 6. Language and Action in Cognitive Neuroscience: A Final Note Y. Coello, A. Bartolo, Contribution of the Action System to Language Perception and Comprehension: Evidence and Controversies

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  • ISBN13: 9781848720824
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9781848720824
  • weight: 703
  • ISBN10: 1848720823

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