The Connectivity of Orofacial Systems Acknowledging the dynamical properties of neural networks allows insight into the functional segregation and integration of cerebral areas. From a theoretical viewpoint, the complexity of neuronal interactions within a distributed system may reflect its capacity to rapidly process multimodal information and modulate context-sensitive neural activity to encode perception and adaptive ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2009
The Connectivity of Orofacial Systems
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Meredith E. Estep
    Communication Neuroscience Laboratories, Program in Neuroscience, and Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Steven M. Barlow
    Communication Neuroscience Laboratories, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders, and Programs in Neuroscience, Human Biology, and Bioengineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
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Development / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2009
The Connectivity of Orofacial Systems
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2009, Vol. 19, 28-36. doi:10.1044/ssod19.1.28
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2009, Vol. 19, 28-36. doi:10.1044/ssod19.1.28
Abstract

Acknowledging the dynamical properties of neural networks allows insight into the functional segregation and integration of cerebral areas. From a theoretical viewpoint, the complexity of neuronal interactions within a distributed system may reflect its capacity to rapidly process multimodal information and modulate context-sensitive neural activity to encode perception and adaptive behavior. This article highlights recent studies aimed at understanding the functionally flexible connectivity of the orofacial substrate.

Acknowledgments
This work was supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (Grant R01 DC003311 to Steven M. Barlow), the National Institutes of Health (Grants P30 HD02528 and P30 DC005803), and the Sutherland Foundation.
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