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Neural Mechanisms of Language

  • Maria Mody


  • An in-depth comprehensive treatment of the cognitive organization and functional neuroanatomy of language

  • Addresses spoken, written, and gestural aspects of language

  • Rich tapestry of thought-provoking perspectives regarding basic assumptions about evolution of language and its neural implementation

  • Cutting-edge neuroimaging research from some of the world’s leading laboratories using EEG, MEG, fMRI, and DTI


Part of the Innovations in Cognitive Neuroscience book series (Innovations Cogn.Neuroscience)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Framework and Perspectives

  3. Interactions Within and Between Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Niclas Kilian-Hütten, Elia Formisano, Jean Vroomen
      Pages 105-127
    3. Katherine Midgley
      Pages 129-152
  4. Language: Looking Back in Time and Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Baojuan Li, Seppo P. Ahlfors, Dimitris Pinotsis, Karl J. Friston, Maria Mody
      Pages 155-174
    3. Michael C. Corballis
      Pages 199-218
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 219-225

About this book


This important volume brings together significant findings on the neural bases of spoken language –its processing, use, and organization, including its phylogenetic roots. Employing a potent mix of conceptual and neuroimaging-based approaches, contributors delve deeply into specialized structures of the speech system, locating sensory and cognitive mechanisms involved in listening and comprehension, grasping meanings and storing memories. The novel perspectives revise familiar models by tracing linguistic interactions within and between neural systems, homing in on the brain’s semantic network, exploring the neuroscience behind bilingualism and multilingual fluency, and even making a compelling case for a more nuanced participation of the motor system in speech. From these advances, readers have a more three-dimensional picture of the brain—its functional epicenters, its connections, and the whole—as the seat of language in both wellness and disorders.

Included in the topics:

·         The interaction between storage and computation in morphosyntactic processing.

·         The role of language in structure-dependent cognition.

·         Multisensory integration in speech processing: neural mechanisms of cross-modal after-effect.

·         A neurocognitive view of the bilingual brain.

·         Causal modeling: methods and their application to speech and language.

·         A word in the hand: the gestural origins of language.

Neural Mechanisms of Language presents a sophisticated mix of detail and creative approaches to understanding brain structure and function, giving neuropsychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, cognitive psychologists, and speech/language pathologists new windows onto the research shaping their respective fields.


Broca's area DTI EEG Language Language imaging MEG Neural systems Phonetics Phonology Semantics Sign language Speech pathology Subcortical processes Syntax Wernicke's area fMRI

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Mody
    • 1
  1. 1.Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical ImagingCharlestownUSA

About the editors

Maria Mody, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and Principal Investigator of the Developmental Language and Reading Research Laboratory in the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Her research focuses on the neural bases of impaired speech, language and reading in children with developmental disorders including autism and dyslexia. Using MEG, fMRI, and DTI, her lab investigates speech perception and speech production and the impact of impairment in these processes on spoken and written language as evident in brain circuits. Dr. Mody has authored or co-authored numerous research articles and is co-editor of Brain, Behavior, and Learning in Language and Reading Disorders (Guilford, 2008).

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