Neurobiological roots of language in primate audition: common computational properties.


Here, we present a new perspective on an old question: how does the neurobiology of human language relate to brain systems in nonhuman primates? We argue that higher-order language combinatorics, including sentence and discourse processing, can be situated in a unified, cross-species dorsal-ventral streams architecture for higher auditory processing, and that the functions of the dorsal and ventral streams in higher-order language processing can be grounded in their respective computational properties in primate audition. This view challenges an assumption, common in the cognitive sciences, that a nonhuman primate model forms an inherently inadequate basis for modeling higher-level language functions.

DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.12.008
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@article{BornkesselSchlesewsky2015NeurobiologicalRO, title={Neurobiological roots of language in primate audition: common computational properties.}, author={Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Matthias Schlesewsky and Steven L. Small and Josef P. Rauschecker}, journal={Trends in cognitive sciences}, year={2015}, volume={19 3}, pages={142-50} }