Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Summarize how the nervous system processes sound stimuli.
  • Identify the brain structures involved in hearing.
  • Describe the role of specific brain structures in language ability.
  • Explain how lateralization is important to the brain organization of language processing.
  • Predict the brain regions that are impaired in specific language disorders.
  • Contrast the communication abilities of other animals with human language.