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Beyond semantic association : a TMS study investigating gestures, verbs, and the motor cortex

Mertens, Bradley James 2009 , 'Beyond semantic association : a TMS study investigating gestures, verbs, and the motor cortex', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The following is a review that broadly examines literature on the links between
language processing and the motor cortex. The review is arranged in four main
sections. The first is an exploration of the traditional views of language processing,
including both expression and comprehension. The second is an examination of the
evolution of language, and how spoken language may be the descendant of manual
communication. Within this second section, the review also examines the emerging
literature on mirror-neurons and how they are involved in linking language and
action. Third is an examination of the literature on manual communication including
papers on both gesture and sign language. This section also reviews the studies that
examine clinical disorders with symptoms that include deficits in both language and
motor function. Last is a review of the literature on the neurocognitive studies that
have examined the links between motor cortex and the processing of motor related
language. This section includes literature on language studies using transcranial
magnetic stimulation over the motor cortex.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Mertens, Bradley James
Keywords: Motor cortex, Cognitive psychology, Magnetic brain stimulation, Language and languages
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Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2012. Includes bibliographical references. Mirror neurons -- Links between language and the motor cortex -- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) -- TMS in motor and language research

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