Image, Language, Brain

Papers from the First Mind Articulation Project Symposium

Recent attempts to unify linguistic theory and brain science have grown out of recognition that a proper understanding of language in the brain must reflect the steady advances in linguistic theory of the last forty years. The first Mind Articulation Project Symposium addressed two main questions: How can the understanding of language from linguistic research be transformed through the study of the biological basis of language? And how can our understanding of the brain be transformed through this same research? The best model so far of such mutual constraint is research on vision. Indeed, the two long-term goals of the Project are to make linguistics and brain science mutually constraining in the way that has been attempted in the study of the visual system and to formulate a cognitive theory that more strongly constrains visual neuroscience.

The papers in this volume discuss the current status of the cognitive/neuroscience synthesis in research on vision, whether and how linguistics and neuroscience can be integrated, and how integrative brain mechanisms can be studied through the use of noninvasive brain-imaging techniques.

Contributors: Noam Chomsky, Ann Christophe, Robert Desimone, Richard Frackowiak, Angela Friederici, Edward Gibson, Peter Indefrey, Masao Ito, Willem Levelt, Alec Marantz, Jacques Mehler, Yasushi Miyashita, David Poeppel, Franck Ramus, John Reynolds, Kensuke Sekihara, Hiroshi Shibasaki.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction: Mind Articulation

    Alec Marantz, Yasushi Miyashita and Wayne O'Neil

  3. I. Language and the Brain
  4. 1. Linguistics and Brain Science

    Noam Chomsky

  5. 2. Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech Processing

    David Poeppel and Alec Marantz

  6. 3. How Infants Acquire Language: Some Preliminary Observations

    Jacques Mehler, Anne Christophe and Franck Ramus

  7. 4. The Speaking Mind/Brain: Where Do Spoken Words Come From?

    Willem J. M. Levelt and Peter Indefrey

  8. 5. The Dependency Locality Theory: A Distance-Base Theory of Linguistic Complexity

    Edward Gibson

  9. 6. The Neuronal Dynamics of Auditory Language Comprehension

    Angela D. Friederici

  10. 7. Neural Control of Cognition and Language

    Masao Ito

  11. II. Image and the Brain
  12. 8. Imaging Neuroscience: System-Level Studies of the Physiology and Anatomy of Human Cognition

    Richard S. J. Frackowiak

  13. 9. Central Control of Voluntary Movement as Studied by Multidisciplinary Noninvasive Approaches

    Hiroshi Shibasaki

  14. 10. Neuroimaging Inverse Modeling: Application of Eigenstructure-Based Approaches to Extracting Cortical Activities from MEG Data

    Kensuki Sekihara, David Poeppel, Alec Marantz and Yasushi Miyashita

  15. 11. Competitive Mechanisms Subserve Selection Visual Attention

    John H. Reynolds and Robert Desimone

  16. 12. Origin of Visual Imagery: Its Neurophysiological Basis

    Yashushi Miyashita

  17. Contributors
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