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Conceptual Impairment in Aphasia

  • Rudolf Cohen
  • Stephanie Kelter
  • Gérhild Woll
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Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 6)

Abstract

Broca’s and Wernicke’s aphasics, brain-damaged patients without aphasia, and chronic schizophrenics were tested in a non-verbal matching task where the subject had to indicate which of two pictures was more closely linked to a clue picture. Both aphasic groups performed worse than brain-damaged controls when the identification of individual attributes or actions shared by clue and referent was required, but were unimpaired when the two had a set of referential-situational associations in common. Factor analyses including 8 additional verbal and nonverbal reference tasks resulted for both groups in two factors, one of which represents general Language Impairment. For the Broca’s aphasies this factor was closely related to general organic deficit as measured by the Trail Making Test; for the Wernicke’s aphasies it was associated with tasks which might be considered illustrative of analytical competence in isolating and comparing individual features of objects or concepts.

Keywords

Language Impairment Match Task Verbal Task Peabody Picture Vocabulary Chronic Schizophrenic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Cohen
    • 1
  • Stephanie Kelter
    • 1
  • Gérhild Woll
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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