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Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax

Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax

Derek Bickerton and Eörs Szathmáry (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013567
eISBN:
9780262258586
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Syntax is arguably the most human-specific aspect of language. Despite the proto-linguistic capacities of some animals, syntax appears to be the last major evolutionary transition in humans that has ... More

Biological Learning and ControlHow the Brain Builds Representations, Predicts Events, and Makes Decisions

Biological Learning and Control: How the Brain Builds Representations, Predicts Events, and Makes Decisions

Reza Shadmehr and Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016964
eISBN:
9780262301282
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016964.001.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Research and Theory

This book presents a theoretical framework for understanding the regularity of the brain’s perceptions, its reactions to sensory stimuli, and its control of movements. The book offers an account of ... More

Birth of a MarketThe U.S. Treasury Securities Market from the Great War to the Great Depression

Birth of a Market: The U.S. Treasury Securities Market from the Great War to the Great Depression

Kenneth D. Garbade

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016377
eISBN:
9780262298674
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016377.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Econometrics

The market for U.S. Treasury securities is a marvel of modern finance. In 2009 the Treasury auctioned $8.2 trillion of new securities, ranging from four-day bills to thirty-year bonds, in 283 ... More

Blind VisionThe Neuroscience of Visual Impairment

Blind Vision: The Neuroscience of Visual Impairment

Zaira Cattaneo and Tomaso Vecchi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015035
eISBN:
9780262295819
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015035.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Vision

Can a blind person see? The very idea seems paradoxical. And yet, if we conceive of “seeing” as the ability to generate internal mental representations that may contain visual details, the idea of ... More

Bond Markets in Latin AmericaOn the Verge of a Big Bang?

Bond Markets in Latin America: On the Verge of a Big Bang?

Eduardo Borensztein, Kevin Cowan, Barry Eichengreen, and Ugo Panizza (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262026321
eISBN:
9780262269025
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026321.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Econometrics

Developing local bond markets is high on the policy agenda of Latin America. Bond markets are an essential component of a well-functioning financial market. Facilitating the efforts of public and ... More

The Boundaries of BabelThe Brain and the Enigma of Impossible Languages

The Boundaries of Babel: The Brain and the Enigma of Impossible Languages

Andrea Moro

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262134989
eISBN:
9780262280204
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262134989.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This book tells the story of an encounter between two cultures: Contemporary theoretical linguistics and the cognitive neurosciences. The study of language within a biological context has been ... More

Brain Computation as Hierarchical Abstraction

Brain Computation as Hierarchical Abstraction

Dana H. Ballard

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028615
eISBN:
9780262323819
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028615.001.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Research and Theory

The vast differences between the brain’s neural circuitry and a computer’s silicon circuitry might suggest that they have nothing in common. In fact, as Dana Ballard argues in this book, ... More

Brain Signal AnalysisAdvances in Neuroelectric and Neuromagnetic Methods

Brain Signal Analysis: Advances in Neuroelectric and Neuromagnetic Methods

Todd C. Handy (ed.)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013086
eISBN:
9780262258876
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013086.001.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Techniques

Cognitive electrophysiology concerns the study of the brain’s electrical and magnetic responses to both external and internal events. These can be measured using electroencephalograms (EEGs) or ... More

The Brain's Representational PowerOn Consciousness and the Integration of Modalities

The Brain's Representational Power: On Consciousness and the Integration of Modalities

Cyriel M.A. Pennartz

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262029315
eISBN:
9780262330121
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029315.001.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience

Although science has made considerable progress in discovering the neural basis of cognition, how consciousness arises remains elusive. In this book, Pennartz analyzes which aspects of conscious ... More

Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Neil Myler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034913
eISBN:
9780262336130
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

A major question for linguistic theory concerns how the structure of sentences relates to their meaning. There is broad agreement in the field that there is some regularity in the way that lexical ... More

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