Lateralization and Modularity

Lateralization and Modularity - Language and the Brain II:...

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Language and the Brain II:  Lateralization and Modularity LIN 306 January 28, 2008
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Is language separate? Are language abilities related to general  intelligence? Or is language physically and/or  functionally separate from other  cognitive functions?
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The Language Faculty Chomsky has  advocated  strongly for  language being a  separate module  in the brain: a  “mental organ”
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Modularity Modularity : The brain/mind is organized into  distinct, independent parts Interact with one another Responsible for specific cognitive  functions
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Functional proof for modularity Conditions in which language abilities  are markedly different from other  cognitive abilities    1) Specific Language Impairment (SLI)    2) Williams Syndrome    3) Savants
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Physical proof for modularity Brain is  lateralized separated into two  distinct hemispheres Assymetrical:  LH  and RH have  different functions
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