Publications by Year: 2009

2009
Pinker, S. (2009). Oaf of Office. New York Times, , A33. presented at the 01/22/2009. Publisher's Version
Pinker, S. (2009). Think Again. Playboy, . PDF
Pinker, S. (2009). Malcolm Gladwell, Eclectic Detective. New York Times, , BR1. presented at the 11/15/2009. Publisher's Version
Pinker, S. (2009).

My Genome, Myself

. New York Times Sunday Magazine, , MM24. Website
Sahin, N. T., Pinker, S., Cash, S. S., Schomer, D., & Halgren, E. (2009).

Sequential Processing of Lexical, Grammatical, and Phonological Information Within Broca’s Area

. Science, 326, , , 326(5951), 445-449.Abstract
Words, grammar, and phonology are linguistically distinct, yet their neural substrates are difficult to distinguish in macroscopic brain regions. We investigated whether they can be separated in time and space at the circuit level using intracranial electrophysiology (ICE), namely by recording local field potentials from populations of neurons using electrodes implanted in language-related brain regions while people read words verbatim or grammatically inflected them (present/past or singular/plural). Neighboring probes within Broca’s area revealed distinct neuronal activity for lexical (~200 milliseconds), grammatical (~320 milliseconds), and phonological (~450 milliseconds) processing, identically for nouns and verbs, in a region activated in the same patients and task in functional magnetic resonance imaging. This suggests that a linguistic processing sequence predicted on computational grounds is implemented in the brain in fine-grained spatiotemporally patterned activity.
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