Perceptual elements in brain mechanisms of acoustic communication in humans and nonhuman primates

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Ackermann et al. outline a model for elaboration of subcortical motor outputs as a driving force for the development of the apparently unique behaviour of language in humans. They emphasize circuits in the striatum and midbrain, and acknowledge, but do not explore, the importance of the auditory perceptual pathway for evolution of verbal communication. We suggest that understanding the evolution of language will also require understanding of vocalization perception, especially in the auditory cortex.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-572
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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