"The evolution of human speech processing has been discussed from many perspectives...Aboitiz, a leading expert on human anatomy, now offers a welcome and well-written perspective that builds on deep knowledge of anatomic detail to argue how human speech and language may arise from the cognitive and sensorimotor building blocks underpinning hominid evolution. The evolutionary narrative developed provides a provocative angle on how the domains of gesture, speech, and working memory interact in the evolution of speech." (David Poeppel - Director, Department of Neuroscience, Max-Planck-Institute, Frankfurt & Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University) "Francisco Aboitiz's masterly "A Brain for Speech" will be obligatory reading for all those interested in language evolution who wish to take the brain seriously. It combines comparative neuroanatomy, detailed historical reviews, and a thorough assessment of rival theories while placing special emphasis on the phonological loop." (Michael A. Arbib - Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Southern California) "Aboitiz takes a broad journey through contemporary Neuroscience spanning from molecular mechanisms of brain development to neuropsychology of memory and evolution. The target is language, one of the most enigmatic faculties of the brain, possibly defining the human being, while defying his understanding. The outcome is an interesting perspective on where Neuroscience might be heading." (Giorgio Innocenti - Department of Neuroscience, Research group Carlen, Karolinska Institutet Sweden)
Francisco Aboitiz is Professor of the Psychiatry Department at the Medical School, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Center at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He has published more than 100 scientific papers on evolution, neuroscience and neuropsychiatry.