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Yosef Grodzinsky and Katrin Amunts

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177640

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177640.001.0001

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A Role for Broca’s Area Beyond Language Processing: Evidence from Neuropsychology and fMRI

A Role for Broca’s Area Beyond Language Processing: Evidence from Neuropsychology and fMRI

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(p.254) 16 A Role for Broca’s Area Beyond Language Processing: Evidence from Neuropsychology and fMRI
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Broca's Region
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Gereon R. Fink

Zina M. Manjaly

Klaas E. Stephan

Jennifer M. Gurd

Karl Zilles

Katrin Amunts

John C. Marshall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177640.003.0016

Broca's area (or, more generally, the left inferior frontal region) is implicated in many language and language-related tasks. This chapter addresses the question of whether it is legitimate to move from this assertion (supported by very large numbers of lesion studies and functional neuroimaging experiments) to the theoretical claim that the exclusive (or even the core) specialization of Broca's area is the mediation of language functions. It shows that particular neuroanatomical regions, including Broca's area, change their functions consequent upon the simultaneous activation of other regions that are effectively connected to a given region.

Keywords:   Broca's region, visual search, spatial attention, language tasks

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