Broca's area: A supramodal hierarchical processor?

Marco Tettamanti, Dorothea Weniger

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Despite the presence of shared characteristics across the different domains modulating Broca's area activity (e.g., structural analogies, as between language and music, or representational homologies, as between action execution and action observation), the question of what exactly the common denominator of such diverse brain functions is, with respect to the function of Broca's area, remains largely a debated issue. Here, we suggest that an important computational role of Broca's area may be to process hierarchical structures in a wide range of functional domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-494
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Action
  • Broca's area
  • Hierarchical processing
  • Language
  • Supramodal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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