Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Ventral versus dorsal pathway: The source of the semantic object/event and the syntactic noun/verb distinction?

Markus Werning a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, D-40225, Germany


Experimental data suggest that the division between the visual ventral and dorsal pathways may indeed indicate that static and dynamical information is processed separately. Contrary to Hurford, it is suggested that the ventral pathway primarily generates representations of objects, whereas the dorsal pathway produces representations of events. The semantic object/event distinction may relate to the morpho-syntactic noun/verb distinction.