Discourse Ability and Brain Damage

Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

  • Yves Joanette
  • Hiram H. Brownell

Part of the Springer Series in Neuropsychology book series (SSNEUROPSYCHOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Patry, Jean-Luc Nespoulous
      Pages 3-27
    3. Gregory L. Murphy
      Pages 28-49
    4. Carl H. Frederiksen, Robert J. Bracewell, Alain Breuleux, André Renaud
      Pages 69-110
  3. Empirical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Raymond Molloy, Hiram H. Brownell, Howard Gardner
      Pages 113-130
    3. Yves Joanette, Pierre Goulet
      Pages 131-153
    4. Hanna K. Ulatowska, Lee Allard, Sandra Bond Chapman
      Pages 180-198
    5. Maureen Dennis, Maureen W. Lovett
      Pages 199-223
    6. Susan De Santi, Loraine K. Obler, Helene Sabo-Abramson, Joan Goldberger
      Pages 224-235
    7. Wolfgang U. Dressler, Ruth Wodak, Csaba Pléh
      Pages 236-245
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 247-258

About this book


Nonspecialists are often surprised by the issues studied and the perspectives assumed by basic scientific researchers. Nowhere has the surprise traditionally been greater than in the field of psychology. College students anticipate that their psychology courses will illuminate their personal problems and their friends' per­ sonalities; they are nonplussed to discover that the perception of geometric forms and the running ofT-mazes dominates the textbooks. The situation is comparable in the domain of linguistics. Nonprofessional observers assume that linguists study exotic languages, that when they choose to focus on their own language, they will examine the meanings of utterances and the uses to which language is put. Such onlookers are taken aback to learn that the learning of remote languages is a marginal activity for most linguists; they are equally amazed to discover that the lion's share of work in the discipline focuses on issues of syntax and phonol­ ogy, which are virtually invisible to the speaker of a language. Science moves in its own, often mysterious ways, and there are perfectly good reasons why experimental psychologists prefer to look at mazes rather than at madness, and why linguists study syntax rather than Sanskrit. Nonetheless, it is a happy event for all concerned when the interests of professionals and non­ specialists begin to move toward one another and a field of study comes to address the "big questions" as well as the experimentally most tractable ones. Discourse Ability and Brain Damage reflects this trend in scientific research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Yves Joanette
    • 1
  • Hiram H. Brownell
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre de RechercheCentre hospitalier Côte-des-NeigesMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7939-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3262-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-8571
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