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    Beyond language: the unspoken sensory-motor representation of the tongue in non-primates, non-human and human primates

    Bono, Davide and Belyk, M. and Longo, Matthew and Dick, Fred (2022) Beyond language: the unspoken sensory-motor representation of the tongue in non-primates, non-human and human primates. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 139 (104730), ISSN 0149-7634.

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    The English idiom “on the tip of my tongue” commonly acknowledges that something is known, but it cannot be immediately brought to mind. This phrase accurately describes sensorimotor functions of the tongue, which are fundamental for many tongue-related behaviors (e.g., speech), but often neglected by scientific research. Here, we review a wide range of studies conducted on non-primates, non-human and human primates with the aim of providing a comprehensive description of the cortical representation of the tongue’s somatosensory inputs and motor outputs across different phylogenetic domains. First, we summarize how the properties of passive non-noxious mechanical stimuli are encoded in the putative somatosensory tongue area, which has a conserved location in the ventral portion of the somatosensory cortex across mammals. Second, we review how complex self-generated actions involving the tongue are represented in more anterior regions of the putative somato-motor tongue area. Finally, we describe multisensory response properties of the primate and non-primate tongue area by also defining how the cytoarchitecture of this area is affected by experience and deafferentation.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 12:50
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:16


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