Paul Broca and motor aphasia

Project: Research Project

Project Details


Paul Broca (1824-1880) was a French polymath, physician, neurologist, surgeon, anatomist, and anthropologist. His work on the location of the speech center marked a breakthrough in the study of the brain and its functions. The description of the patient Leborgne and the findings in his brain led to a tribute being made by calling the third frontal gyrus today known as "Broca's area", and the clinical characteristics of this condition, Broca's aphasia. He did work on emotions and described a ring of structures around the brain stem that he called the limbic lobe (from the Latin limbus: threshold). Such structures were long called Broca's great limbic lobe. He postulated that understanding the functions of the brain allows us to better understand each person's individual abilities and their potential as unique human beings. The research analyzes his life and work, and the importance of his findings in the development of Neuroscience.
Effective start/end date1/1/2012/31/20

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Europe


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