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A Penny for Your Thoughts: Children's Inner Speech and Its Neuro-Development.

Authors
  • Geva, Sharon1
  • Fernyhough, Charles2
  • 1 Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, University College London, London, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 2 Department of Psychology, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
10
Pages
1708–1708
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01708
PMID: 31474897
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Inner speech emerges in early childhood, in parallel with the maturation of the dorsal language stream. To date, the developmental relations between these two processes have not been examined. We review evidence that the dorsal language stream has a role in supporting the psychological phenomenon of inner speech, before considering pediatric studies of the dorsal stream's anatomical development and evidence for its emerging functional roles. We examine possible causal accounts of the relations between these two developmental processes and consider their implications for phylogenetic theories about the evolution of inner speech and the accounts of the ontogenetic relations between language and cognition.

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