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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Yuki Kikuchi,
Dr Will Sedley,
Professor Tim Griffiths,
Professor Christopher Petkov
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© 2018 Predicting the occurrence of future events from prior ones is vital for animal perception and cognition. Although how such sequence learning (a form of relational knowledge) relates to particular operations in language remains controversial, recent evidence shows that sequence learning is disrupted in frontal lobe damage associated with aphasia. Also, neural sequencing predictions at different temporal scales resemble those involved in language operations occurring at similar scales. Furthermore, comparative work in humans and monkeys highlights evolutionarily conserved frontal substrates and predictive oscillatory signatures in the temporal lobe processing learned sequences of speech signals. Altogether this evidence supports a relational knowledge hypothesis of language evolution, proposing that language processes in humans are functionally integrated with an ancestral neural system for predictive sequence learning.
Author(s): Kikuchi Y, Sedley W, Griffiths TD, Petkov CI
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Online publication date: 01/06/2018
Acceptance date: 02/04/2018
ISSN (print): 2352-1546
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd