Morphogenesis and Mental Process

Part of the Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics book series (CALS)


Argument: Parcellation and heterochrony (neoteny) reflect the pattern and rate of a growth mechanism in morphogenesis. Structure (morphology) and function (behavior) are staged realizations of morphogenetic process. This process continues in adult cognition as the actualization of the mind-brain state. Parcellation obtains in the pruning of cells and connections in early growth, inhibition in a relatively stable morphology and constraints on context-item transforms in microgeny. Selective retardation in process (neoteny) leads to growth at earlier (juvenile) phases. This accounts for the specification of the language areas and elaboration at preliminary phases in mind, in dominance, introspection, and creativity.


Specific Language Impairment Preliminary Phasis Language Area Double Dissociation Developmental Language Disorder 
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