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Tool Use and Causal Cognition$
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Teresa McCormack, Christoph Hoerl, and Stephen Butterfill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.001.0001

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Effects of Brain Damage on Human Tool Use

Effects of Brain Damage on Human Tool Use

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(p.183) 10 Effects of Brain Damage on Human Tool Use
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Tool Use and Causal Cognition
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Georg Goldenberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0010

This chapter begins by questioning how the human brain accommodates man's outstanding capacity for creating and using tools. The review of impaired tool use following brain damage demonstrated that, particularly when naturalistic multi-step actions and the use of technical devices are taken into consideration, lesions in many locations of both hemispheres can interfere with aspects of tool use. The chapter discusses disturbances of single-step actions with single tools and multi-step actions with multiple tools and objects.

Keywords:   tool use, brain damage, single-step actions, multi-step actions

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