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Course Title: The Cortex: Communication and Knowledge
Course Instructor: Joseph S. Ferezy, DC
CE: Two (2) CE Classroom Hours
Format: Video Slides 4 parts, approximately 25 minutes each, 1 part 15 minutes
Communication is necessary for civilization, as it is primarily how we interact with other animals. The human cortex may be responsible for the role of communicating, including writing, gestures and the spoken word. This lecture asks the question, what is language? Is it just the spoken word, or does it include things like body language and facial expression? The class explores how and where in the cortex is language processed. It also reflects on what language can tell us about how our brains function, and, therefore, who we are. Hemisphere dominance (“hemisphericity”) is discussed in detail. The Schema of Monrad Crone is used to illustrate the “inputs and outputs” of human interaction. Many common terms associated with cortical disorders are defined including aphasia, agraphia and apraxia.
Locate cortical areas responsible for language and describe the relationship between the areas and describe pathways of cortical information processing.
Define the term “hemisphericity” in relation to hemisphere dominance and itemize various methods to determine hemisphere dominance for functions such as language, handedness, hearing, vision, etc.
Describe results of “split brain” experiments regarding cortical processing of faces and items in regard to distribution of visual information and speech.
Draw the relationships between the reception and expression categories in The Schema of Monrad Crone to illustrate the “inputs and outputs” of human interaction.
Identify the cortical pathways involved from hearing and understanding to formulating speech and speaking, and discuss the relevance of pathway location to other cortical systems.
Define common terms associated with cortical disorders including aphasia, agraphia and apraxia.
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