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No, inner speech does not follow the same neural pathway as speech coming in from outside. Rather, inner speech uses the same neural mechanism as outer speech - that is, speech going out. The neural mechanisms of inner speech can be studied using recently developed technologies such as fMRI imaging of subjects instructed to or prevented from engaging in ...


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First, in the context of your reference to cultural context, one aspect of your question appears to be whether or not a person who has never had experiences of triangles before can have a triangle experience. Second, it is of interest whether that experience can be brought about by a configuration of shapes which is considered appropriate to elicit the ...


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There is the structure called the Fusiform-face area (FFA), which is located in the low tempero-parietal region. In human studies, the FFA has shown to highlight strongly when you look at a human face, as opposed to any other (inanimate) object. This is what the region got its name from. However, it is believed that the FFA is not necessarily a face area (...


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I think that illusory contours could be experienced independently of cultural influence: a person would see a figure but she would not know it is a "triangle". The reason is that illusory contours as the ones you see in the figure share many of their properties with illusory phenomena that could be obtained with simple alignments of image features. As such, ...



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