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Neuromotor mechanisms in human communication

Author: Doreen Kimura
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press ; Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press, 1993.
Series: Oxford psychology series, no. 20.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book deals with brain mechanisms in human communicative behaviour, from a broadly biological point of view. Particular attention is paid to the control mechanisms of the oral, manual, and  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Doreen Kimura
ISBN: 019505492X 9780195054927
OCLC Number: 26396505
Description: x, 197 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Communication in the great apes --
Communication in early hominids --
Methods in studying the neurology of language --
The present investigation --
2. Asymmetry --
Neural asymmetry in birds --
Asymmetry in nonhuman mammals --
The nature of human brain asymmetry --
Mechanisms of brain asymmetry --
Somatic asymmetry in humans --
3. Noncortical Systems in Speaking --
Lower motor systems in speaking --
Thalamus and basal ganglia systems --
Cerebellum --
4. Cortical Systems in Speaking --
Evidence from stimulation --
Evidence from ablations and lesions --
Comparison of anterior and posterior aphasic groups --
Subdivisions within the posterior region --
5. Oral Movement Control and Speech --
Reproduction of oral movements --
Speeded articulation tasks --
Correlations between speech and nonspeech tasks --
Relations among oral and manual tasks --
Comparison of temporal and parietal contributions --
6. Manual Praxis --
Characteristics of manual apraxia --
Motor systems in praxic control --
Methods of assessment --
The nature of praxic control mechanisms --
Types of apraxia --
7. Constructional Ability --
Spontaneous drawing --
WAIS constructional tasks --
Relation to manual apraxia --
Relation to visuoperceptual disorders --
8. Manual Sign Language --
Neural mechanisms in arm and hand control --
Manual sign language "aphasia" --
Neuroanatomic mechanisms in signing --
9. Adextrality --
The present sample --
Speech representation --
Manual praxic function in adextrals --
Subgroups of adextrals --
Oral praxic function in adextrals --
Implications for theories of left-handedness --
10. Sex Differences in Brain Organization --
Neuroanatomic sex differences --
Background of studies in humans --
Lateralization of constructional and spatial ability --
Intrahemispheric organization --
Functional significance of intrahemispheric organization --
11. Hemispheric Specialization for Semantic Processing --
Neural mechanisms in reading --
Semantic categorization in aphasia.
Series Title: Oxford psychology series, no. 20.
Responsibility: Doreen Kimura.
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