Broca's area: Motor encoding in somatic space

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Encoding articulate speech is widely accepted as the principal (or sole) role of the frontal operculum. Clinical observations of speech apraxia have been confirmed by brain-imaging studies of speech production. We present evidence that the frontal operculum also programs limb movements. We argue that this area is a ventral counterpart of the dorsal premotor area. The two are functionally distinguished by specialization for somatic and visual space, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-345
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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