Functional and Structural Asymmetries for Auditory Perception and Vocal Production in Nonhuman Primates

Language processes are lateralized to one hemisphere or the other in the human brain. Whether similar asymmetries in the perception and production of communicative signals are present in other animals remains a topic of considerable debate. This paper reviews the data on behavioral asymmetries in no...

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Published in: Special Topics in Primatology Vol. 5; pp. 120 - 145
Main Author: Taglialatela, Jared P
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Elsevier Inc 2007
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Summary: Language processes are lateralized to one hemisphere or the other in the human brain. Whether similar asymmetries in the perception and production of communicative signals are present in other animals remains a topic of considerable debate. This paper reviews the data on behavioral asymmetries in nonhuman primate auditory perception and vocal production. In addition, data on neuroanatomical asymmetries as well as more recent functional asymmetries are reviewed and discussed in the context of different evolutionary theories of brain asymmetry and language.
ISBN: 0123741971
9780123741974
ISSN: 1936-8526
DOI: 10.1016/S1936-8526(07)05005-1