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Broca's Region

Yosef Grodzinsky and Katrin Amunts

Abstract

Broca's region has been in the news ever since scientists realized that particular cognitive functions could be localized to parts of the cerebral cortex. Its discoverer, Paul Broca, was one of the first researchers to argue for a direct connection between a concrete behavior—in this case, the use of language—and a specific cortical region. Today, Broca's region is perhaps the most famous part of the human brain, and for over a century, has persisted as the focus of intense research and numerous debates. The name has even penetrated mainstream culture through popular science and the theater. B ... More

Keywords: Paul Broca, language, cognitive mechanisms, neural tissue, brain function, cerebral cortex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177640
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177640.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yosef Grodzinsky, editor
McGill University

Katrin Amunts, editor

Contents

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I MATTERS ANATOMICAL

II MATTERS LINGUISTIC

III MOTOR ASPECTS AND SIGN LANGUAGE

IV PSYCHOLINGUISTIC INVESTIGATIONS