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Logic, Language and the Brain

Author(s): Monti, Martin M.; Osherson, Daniel N.

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Abstract: What is the role of language in human cognition? Within the domain of deductive reasoning, the issue has been the focus of numerous investigations without the emergence of a consensus view. Here we consider some of the reasons why neuroimaging studies of deductive reasoning have generated mixed results. We then review recent evidence suggesting that the role of language in deductive reasoning is confined to an initial stage in which verbally presented information is encoded as non-verbal representations. These representations are then manipulated by mental operations that are not based on the neural mechanisms of natural language.
Publication Date: 5-Jan-2012
Citation: Monti, Martin M, Osherson, Daniel N. (2012). Logic, language and the brain. Brain Research, 1428 (33 - 42. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2011.05.061
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2011.05.061
ISSN: 0006-8993
Pages: 33 - 42
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Brain Research
Version: Author's manuscript

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