Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication by Doreen KimuraNeuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication by Doreen Kimura

Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication

byDoreen Kimura

Hardcover | November 1, 1991

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This monograph is based on 20 years of research with patients who have experienced pathology in one hemisphere of the brain. It deals with brain mechanisms in human communicative behavior, and with related motor functions, from a broadly biological point of view. In so doing, the workdiscusses the possible evolutionary origins of human communication, the relation of brain mechanisms in communicative behavior to analogous nonhuman behaviors, and the neural systems involved in various levels and kinds of communication. In addition, noncommunicative mechanisms which parallel thoseused in communication--such as manual and oral praxis, and constructional behavior-- are outlined in detail. Individual differences in brain organization for such functions, related to hand preference and sex, are also explored. Although there is extensive reference to central nervous systempathology, the emphasis throughout is on how the findings contribute to understanding normal brain mechanisms. Much new data is presented along with the theoretical treatment of human communication which emphasizes a behavioral rather than a linguistic approach. This in turn provides continuitywith nonhuman primates and early hominids. The work will interest psycholinguists, cognitive psychologists, neurologists, clinical neuropsychologists, speech pathologists, and advanced students in these fields.
Doreen Kimura is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario.
Title:Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human CommunicationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 0.71 inPublished:November 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019505492X

ISBN - 13:9780195054927

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Asymmetry3. Noncortical Systems in Speaking4. Cortical Systems in Speaking5. Oral Movement Control and Speech6. Manual Praxis7. Constructional Ability8. Manual Sign Language9. Adextrality10. Sex Differences in Brain Organization11. Hemispheric Specialization for Semantic Processing

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"Kimura is to be commended for recruiting a variety of converging data to address this controversial question."--Contemporary Psychology