The cerebellum and language: Historical perspective and review

Murdoch, B. E. (2010) The cerebellum and language: Historical perspective and review. Cortex, 46 7: 858-868. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2009.07.018

Author Murdoch, B. E.
Title The cerebellum and language: Historical perspective and review
Journal name Cortex   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-9452
Publication date 2010-07
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cortex.2009.07.018
Volume 46
Issue 7
Start page 858
End page 868
Total pages 11
Editor Della Sala, S.
Grafman, J.
Place of publication Milan, Italy
Publisher Elsevier Masson
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
920107 Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
Abstract Investigation of a possible role for the cerebellum in the mediation of cognitive processes, including language, has historically been overshadowed by research interest in cerebellar coordination of motor control. Over the past two decades, however, the question of a possible participation of the cerebellum in language processing itself has come to the forefront. In particular recent advances in our understanding of the neuroanatomy of the cerebellum combined with evidence from functional neuroimaging, neurophysiological and neuropsychological research, have extended our view of the cerebellum from that of a simple coordinator of autonomic and somatic motor function. Rather it is now more widely accepted that the cerebellum, and in particular the right cerebellar hemisphere, participates in modulation of cognitive functioning, especially to those parts of the brain to which it is reciprocally connected. The present paper reviews the neuroanatomical, clinical and functional neuroimaging evidence suggestive of a role for the cerebellum in language processing. The possible neuropathophysiological substrates of language impairment associated with cerebellar pathology are discussed and the nature of the linguistic deficits associated with disease or damage to the cerebellum described. © 2009 Elsevier Srl.
Keyword Cerebellum
Cerebellar language disorders
Verbal fluency task
Cerebrocerebellar system
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 24 September 2009. Special issue: Review

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