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Brain mechanisms linking language and action
Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 6(7), 576-582
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For a long time the cortical systems for language and actions were believed to be independent modules.However, as these systems are reciprocally connected with each other, informationabout language and actions might interact in distributed neuronal assemblies. A critical case is that of action words that are semantically related to different parts of the body (for example, ‘lick’, ‘pick’ and ‘kick’): does the comprehension of these words specifically, rapidly and automaticallyactivate the motor system in a somatotopic manner, and does their comprehension rely on activity in the action system?