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    The relationship between object manipulation and language development in Broca's area: A connectionist simulation of Greenfield's hypothesis


    Reilly, Ronan (2002) The relationship between object manipulation and language development in Broca's area: A connectionist simulation of Greenfield's hypothesis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25 (1). pp. 145-153. ISSN 0140-525X

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    Abstract

    In her Behavioral and Brain Sciences target article, Greenfield (1991) proposed that early in a child's development Broca's area may serve the dual function of coordinating object assembly and organizing the production of structured utterances. As development progresses, the upper and lower regions of Broca's area become increasingly specialized for motor coordination and speech, respectively. This commentary presents a connectionist simulation of aspects of this proposal. The results of the simulation confirm the main thrust of Greenfield's argument and suggest that an important impetus for the developmental differentiation in Broca's area may be the increasing complexity of the computational demands made upon it.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: object manipulation; language development; Broca's area; connectionist simulation; Greenfield's hypothesis;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 8198
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X02210031
    Depositing User: Prof. Ronan Reilly
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 14:54
    Journal or Publication Title: Behavioral and Brain Sciences
    Publisher: Cambridge Open
    Refereed: Yes
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