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The Adaptable Mind: What Neuroplasticity and Neural Reuse tells us about Language and Cognition

John Zerilli

Abstract

What conception of mental architecture can survive the evidence of neuroplasticity and neural reuse in the human brain? In particular, what sorts of modules are compatible with this evidence? This book shows how developmental and adult neuroplasticity, as well as evidence of pervasive neural reuse, force a revision to the standard conceptions of modularity and spell the end of a hardwired and dedicated language module. It argues from principles of both neural reuse and neural redundancy that language is facilitated by a composite of modules (or module-like entities), few if any of which are li ... More

Keywords: modularity, neuroplasticity, neural plasticity, neural reuse, neural redundancy, language, Michael L. Anderson, Jerry Fodor, Noam Chomsky, cognitive science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190067885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190067885.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Zerilli, author
Dr, Research Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence