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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.
- History section focuses on topics that play a current role in neurolinguistics research, aphasia syndromes, and lesion analysis
- Includes section on neuroimaging to reflect the dramatic changes in methodology over the past decade
- Experimental and clinical section reflects recent developments in the field
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PART I – Methods and Techniques
- Classical and Contemporary Assessment of Aphasia and Acquired Disorders of Language
- The Hypothesis Testing Approach to the Assessment of Language
- The Intracarotid Amobarbital Test (Wada Test) and Complementary Procedures to Evaluate Language Before Epilepsy Surgery
- Architectonic Language Research
- Microgenesis of Language: Vertical Integration of Linguistic Mechanisms Across the Neuroaxis
- A Brief Introduction to Common Neuroimaging Techniques
PART II – Neuroimaging of Language
- PET Research of Language
- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Research of Language
- Event-Related Potentials in the Study of Language
- Direct Electrical Stimulation of Language Cortex
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a Tool for Studying Language
PART III – Experimental Neuroscience of Language and Communication
- Disorders of Phonetics and Phonology
- Impaired Morphological Processing
- Disorders of Lexis
- Disorders of Syntax
- The Neural Bases of Text and Discourse Processing
- Neuropragmatics: Disorders and Neural Systems
- The Role of Memory Systems in Disorders of Language
- The Relation of Human Language to Human Emotion
- Acquired Reading and Writing Disorders
- Number Processing
- Neurolinguistic Computational Models
- Mirror Neurons and Language
- Lateralization of Language Across the Life Span
- Interhemispheric Interaction in the Lateralized Brain
PART IV – Clinical Neuroscience of Language
A. Language in Special Populations and in Various Disease Processes 26. Acute Aphasias 27. Language in Dementia 28. Frontal Lobes and Language 29. The Torque Defines the Four Quadrants of the Human Language Circuit and the Nuclear Symptoms of Schizophrenia Identify Their Component Functions 30. Stuttering and Dysfluency 31. Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: A Model for Understanding the Relationship Between Language and Memory 32. Subcortical Language Mechanisms 33. Language and Communication Disorders in Multilinguals 34. Language and Communication in Aging
B. Language and Communication in Developmental Disorders
- Acquired Epileptiform Aphasia or Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: Clinical and Linguistic Aspects
- Language and Communication in Williams Syndrome
- Language and Communication Disorders in Autism and Asperger Syndrome
C. Recovery from, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Language and Communication Disorders
- Spontaneous Recovery of Aphasia
- Therapeutic Approaches in Aphasia Rehabilitation
- The Pharmacological Treatment of Aphasia
- Recovery and Treatment of Acquired Reading and Spelling Disorders
- The Role of Electronic Devices in the Rehabilitation of Language Disorders
PART V – Resources 43. Resources in the Neuroscience of Language: A Listing
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- 19th March 2008
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Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience and Neuropragmatics, Université de Montréal, Canada
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, USA
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