A Brain for Speech. Evolutionary Continuity in Primate and Human Auditory-Vocal Processing

@inproceedings{Aboitiz2018ABF,
  title={A Brain for Speech. Evolutionary Continuity in Primate and Human Auditory-Vocal Processing},
  author={Francisco Aboitiz},
  booktitle={Front. Neurosci.},
  year={2018}
}
In this review article, I propose a continuous evolution from the auditory-vocal apparatus and its mechanisms of neural control in non-human primates, to the peripheral organs and the neural control of human speech. Although there is an overall conservatism both in peripheral systems and in central neural circuits, a few changes were critical for the expansion of vocal plasticity and the elaboration of proto-speech in early humans. Two of the most relevant changes were the acquisition of direct… CONTINUE READING
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