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Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language

In the last ten years the neuroscience of language has matured as a field. Ten years ago, neuroimaging was just being explored for neurolinguistic questions, whereas today it constitutes a routine component. At the same time there have been significant developments in linguistic and psychological theory that speak to the neuroscience of language. This book consolidates those advances into a single reference.The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language provides a comprehensive overview of this field. Divided into five sections, section one discusses methods and techniques including clinical assessment approaches, methods of mapping the human brain, and a theoretical framework for interpreting the multiple levels of neural organization that contribute to language comprehension. Section two discusses the impact imaging techniques (PET, fMRI, ERPs, electrical stimulation of language cortex, TMS) have made to language research. Section three discusses experimental approaches to the field, including disorders at different language levels in reading as well as writing and number processing. Additionally, chapters here present computational models, discuss the role of mirror systems for language, and cover brain lateralization with respect to language. Part four focuses on language in special populations, in various disease processes, and in developmental disorders. The book ends with a listing of resources in the neuroscience of language and a glossary of items and concepts to help the novice become acquainted with the field.Editors Stemmer & Whitaker prepared this book to reflect recent developments in neurolinguistics, moving the book squarely into the cognitive neuroscience of language and capturing the developments in the field over the past 7 years.

Researchers and clinicians in neuropsychology, neuro- and psycholinguistics. Libraries and hospitals.

Hardbound, 512 Pages

Published: March 2008

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-08-045352-1


  • PART I – Methods and Techniques1. Classical and Contemporary Assessment of Aphasia and Acquired Disorders of Language2. The Hypothesis Testing Approach to the Assessment of Language3. The Intracarotid Amobarbital Test (Wada Test) and Complementary Procedures to Evaluate Language Before Epilepsy Surgery4. Architectonic Language Research5. Microgenesis of Language: Vertical Integration of Linguistic Mechanisms Across the Neuroaxis6. A Brief Introduction to Common Neuroimaging TechniquesPART II – Neuroimaging of Language7. PET Research of Language8. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Research of Language9. Event-Related Potentials in the Study of Language10. Direct Electrical Stimulation of Language Cortex11. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a Tool for Studying LanguagePART III – Experimental Neuroscience of Language and Communication12. Disorders of Phonetics and Phonology13. Impaired Morphological Processing14. Disorders of Lexis15. Disorders of Syntax16. The Neural Bases of Text and Discourse Processing17. Neuropragmatics: Disorders and Neural Systems18. The Role of Memory Systems in Disorders of Language19. The Relation of Human Language to Human Emotion20. Acquired Reading and Writing Disorders21. Number Processing22. Neurolinguistic Computational Models23. Mirror Neurons and Language24. Lateralization of Language Across the Life Span25. Interhemispheric Interaction in the Lateralized BrainPART IV – Clinical Neuroscience of LanguageA. Language in Special Populations and in Various Disease Processes26. Acute Aphasias27. Language in Dementia28. Frontal Lobes and Language29. The Torque Defines the Four Quadrants of the Human Language Circuit and the Nuclear Symptoms of Schizophrenia Identify Their Component Functions30. Stuttering and Dysfluency31. Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: A Model for Understanding the Relationship Between Language and Memory32. Subcortical Language Mechanisms33. Language and Communication Disorders in Multilinguals34. Language and Communication in AgingB. Language and Communication in Developmental Disorders35. Acquired Epileptiform Aphasia or Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: Clinical and Linguistic Aspects36. Language and Communication in Williams Syndrome37. Language and Communication Disorders in Autism and Asperger SyndromeC. Recovery from, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Language and Communication Disorders38. Spontaneous Recovery of Aphasia39. Therapeutic Approaches in Aphasia Rehabilitation40. The Pharmacological Treatment of Aphasia41. Recovery and Treatment of Acquired Reading and Spelling Disorders42. The Role of Electronic Devices in the Rehabilitation of Language DisordersPART V – Resources43. Resources in the Neuroscience of Language: A Listing


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