Consensus paper: language and the cerebellum: an ongoing enigma

Marien, Peter, Ackermann, Herman, Adamaszek, Michael, Barwood, Caroline H. S., Beaton, Alan, Desmond, John, De Witte, Elke, Fawcett, Angela J., Hertrich, Ingo, Kuper, Michael, Leggio, Maria, Marvel, Cherie, Molinari, Marco, Murdoch, Bruce E., Nicolson, Roderick I., Schmahmann, Jeremy D., Stoodley, Catherine J., Thurling, Markus, Timmann, Dagmar, Wouters, Ellen and Ziegler, Wolfram (2014) Consensus paper: language and the cerebellum: an ongoing enigma. Cerebellum, 13 3: 386-410. doi:10.1007/s12311-013-0540-5

Author Marien, Peter
Ackermann, Herman
Adamaszek, Michael
Barwood, Caroline H. S.
Beaton, Alan
Desmond, John
De Witte, Elke
Fawcett, Angela J.
Hertrich, Ingo
Kuper, Michael
Leggio, Maria
Marvel, Cherie
Molinari, Marco
Murdoch, Bruce E.
Nicolson, Roderick I.
Schmahmann, Jeremy D.
Stoodley, Catherine J.
Thurling, Markus
Timmann, Dagmar
Wouters, Ellen
Ziegler, Wolfram
Title Consensus paper: language and the cerebellum: an ongoing enigma
Journal name Cerebellum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1473-4222
Publication date 2014-06-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s12311-013-0540-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 386
End page 410
Total pages 25
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract In less than three decades, the concept "cerebellar neurocognition" has evolved from a mere afterthought to an entirely new and multifaceted area of neuroscientific research. A close interplay between three main strands of contemporary neuroscience induced a substantial modification of the traditional view of the cerebellum as a mere coordinator of autonomic and somatic motor functions. Indeed, the wealth of current evidence derived from detailed neuroanatomical investigations, functional neuroimaging studies with healthy subjects and patients and in-depth neuropsychological assessment of patients with cerebellar disorders shows that the cerebellum has a cardinal role to play in affective regulation, cognitive processing, and linguistic function. Although considerable progress has been made in models of cerebellar function, controversy remains regarding the exact role of the "linguistic cerebellum" in a broad variety of nonmotor language processes. This consensus paper brings together a range of different viewpoints and opinions regarding the contribution of the cerebellum to language function. Recent developments and insights in the nonmotor modulatory role of the cerebellum in language and some related disorders will be discussed. The role of the cerebellum in speech and language perception, in motor speech planning including apraxia of speech, in verbal working memory, in phonological and semantic verbal fluency, in syntax processing, in the dynamics of language production, in reading and in writing will be addressed. In addition, the functional topography of the linguistic cerebellum and the contribution of the deep nuclei to linguistic function will be briefly discussed. As such, a framework for debate and discussion will be offered in this consensus paper.
Keyword Cerebellum
Speech perception
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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