Noncortical systems in speaking

Doreen Kimura

in Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication

Published in print December 1993 | ISBN: 9780195054927
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199872268 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

 Noncortical systems in speaking

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This chapter shows that functional brain asymmetry for the control of speech production is present in the thalamus, basal ganglia, and cerebellum, but not in the cerebral cortex. It appears to be present for the most elementary of speech-control features, including voice volume and rhythm. The noncortical contributions to speech control do not seem merely to mimic the function of the cortical regions with which they are connected, but to show some distinctive characteristics.

Keywords: brain asymmetry; speech production; thalamus; basal ganglia; cerebellum; speech control

Chapter.  4642 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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