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Andrea Moro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034890

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.001.0001

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The Sound of Thought

The Sound of Thought

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(p.85) 8 The Sound of Thought
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Impossible Languages
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Andrea Moro

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.003.0008

From a physical point of view, language is made of waves: acoustic waves (outside us) and electric waves (inside us). How similar are these two types of waves? By exploiting awake surgery procedures a crucial experiment is described confronting these two types of waves when a patient reads a linguistic expression aloud or silently. The surprising result is that the two electric waves are very similar even in non acoustic areas opening the possibility to read the linguistic thought directly from the brain.

Keywords:   Electrophysiology, Sound representation, Awake surgery, Inner speech, Thought, Neuronal code, Syntax

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