The work discusses human information processing, with focus to the role of feedback in language. Human information processing differs from artificial considerably.

  • Tests by Ladefoged showed speech and language dependence on feedback without exception.
  • Human DNA requires cellular feedback for active protein, that is, everyday function.
  • Human endurance under feedback impoverishment has been proved lower than for fasting.

Not only on these grounds, the role of feedback in human language processing can be posited to approximate a drive.


I defended the thesis in year 2000, at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, earning my philology M.A. degree in American English, specialization psycholinguistics.


The term language processing is not to imply that people can only operate on inputs or outputs. Humans are capable of creating own discourse. Our human talking or writing — as well as reading or comprehending spoken language — all yet depend on our neural processing.


As a mathematical model, the Hodgkin-Huxley hypothesis has lost prominence in neurophysiological study. However, the theory that cell membranes had ion channels remains affirmed by Erwin Neher, Bert Sakmann, and Roderick MacKinnon. Cellular and systemic feedback is fact.


We can reason about inner feedback on an example. Let us think we are talking with someone and the person asks us to put on headphones, to continue with limited hearing. We would reflexly raise our voices to speak, unless we would have exercised not to do so. Speaking loud would be an intuitive way to compensate for a constraint in auditory feedback. It is also a feedback capacity to learn to keep own voice down, despite auricular obstruction.


In persons of altered cognitive scopes, feedback interference can result in drive-like or driven behaviors. It is in unimpeded humans that the inner requirement for natural feedback approximates a drive. The observation is to indicate a factor, not to try justifying all human activity.


Professor Stanisław Puppel of Adam Mickiewicz University generally mentioned the topic in class, in 1993. I began writing in 1999, and defended my work in year 2000, earning my Master of Arts degree in philology, specialization American English and psycholinguistics. Mr. Puppel was the supervising professor. The print is to be my authorial presentation, with notes.


The thesis takes up feedback as a biological phenomenon at the cellular level, examines feedback effects within the human nervous system, and analyzes their importance to human psychology as well as language learning, use, and deficit. The term feedback performance denotes a closed-loop capability. It does not refer to evaluative or opinion-related behavior that everyday language may connote. The notion of a drive does not involve any sex-oriented function. The thesis regards human nerve, muscle, and cognitive structures with strictly linguistic relevance.


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