Saturday, March 18, 2017

"A Spike Right Through My Head!": Biblical Exegesis, Prosody, Perisylvian Area & Phineas Gage

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Dear Bill,

Thanks for sending this insight!

I had long known that the word "prosody" existed as a literary phenomenon: "the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry. e.g., "The translator is not obliged to reproduce the prosody of the original"

But I knew nothing of its psychological meaning.

Presumably investigators have looked at these "areas" to "prove" or disprove meaningful relationships with autism.

If not, why not?

Have you heard about Phineas Gage? 

It is an AMAZING STORY, made into a superb "children's book" - which, in turn, makes a great gift for middle schoolers! A dependable turn-on for both science and reading.

Pax on both houses: Shades Of Phineas Gage: Brazilian worker ...

Aug 17, 2012 - "Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science" is a brilliant photo-biography which has the fringe benefit of interesting ...

Pax on both houses: Man With Hole Through His Head, Phineas Gage ...

Mar 16, 2015 - On Wednesday, September 13, 1848, 25-year-old Phineas Gage was helping lay a railroad track through Cavendish, Vermont, for the Rutland ...

Phineas Gage: Neuroscience's Most Famous Patient | History ...

An accident with a tamping iron made Phineas Gage history's most famous brain-injury ... Back in the early 1960's my Dad subscribed to both 'True' and 'Argosy' ...

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What else are you discovering at Medical School?

Pax tecum


PS "Perisylvian Area" would be a good band name. (Or, "Misplaced Coma...")

On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 7:16 AM, BA wrote:

As a follow up to this phenomenon where emphasizing different words causes meanings to change:
one of the more interesting phenomenon in neurology is that by lesioning certain areas of the brain, certain behaviors are affected. I find the study of "prosody" to be quite interesting.
Prosody is also important in signalling emotions and attitudes. When this is involuntary (as when the voice is affected by anxiety or fear), the prosodic information ...
The interesting thing is that by lesioning the nondominant hemisphere (the right side in most individuals) you get interesting effects on the ability to either CONVEY emotion through speech (if the lesion is towards the front) or to UNDERSTAND emotion through speech (if the lesion is towards the back). The relevant excerpt from the Wikipedia article is below:
"Understanding these nonverbal elements requires an intact and properly functioning right-hemisphere perisylvian area, particularly Brodmann area 22 (not to be confused with the corresponding area in the left hemisphere, which contains Wernicke's area).[26] Damage to the right inferior frontal gyrus causes a diminished ability to convey emotion or emphasis by voice or gesture, and damage to right superior temporal gyrus causes problems comprehending emotion or emphasis in the voice or gestures of others. The right Brodmann area 22 aids in the interpretation of prosody, and damage causes sensory aprosodia, with the patient unable to comprehend changes in voice and body language."

Hope you find this as interesting as I do!

From: Alan Archibald <>
Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:40 AM
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Subject: Misplaced Comma Wins Ten Million Dollars For Maine Milk Truck Drivers

Queridos hijos,

Misplaced Comma Wins Ten Million Dollars For Maine Milk Truck Drivers

A FEW WORDS ABOUT THAT TEN-MILLION-DOLLAR SERIAL COMMA By   Mary Norris      March 17, 2017 The case of the Maine milk-truck d...

Take the simple sentence, "I did not kill that woman."

Now --- out loud --- repeat this same sentence six times, emphasizing a different word each time.

Like this... 

I did not kill that woman.

did not kill that woman. 

I did not kill that woman.

I did not kill that woman.

I did not kill that woman.

I did not kill that woman.

New Testamental Greek has no punctuation and no spacing between words.

Needless to say, New Testamental Greek has no way of indicating intonation.

Biblical literalists would have us believe the interpretation of scripture is "just a question of common sense."

Often -- I suspect far more often than not -- "matters of consequence" depend on "uncommon sense," not "common sense."


Daddy man

PS Remind me to tell you about "the misplaced coma."

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