Language processing from the perspective of electrical stimulation mapping

Adrià Rofes, Emmanuel Mandonnet, Vânia de Aguiar, Brenda Rapp, Kyrana Tsapkini, Gabriele Miceli

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Electrical Stimulation (ES) is a neurostimulation technique that is used to localize language functions in the brain of people with intractable epilepsy and/or brain tumors. We reviewed 25 ES articles published between 1984 and 2018 and interpreted them from a cognitive neuropsychological perspective. Our aim was to highlight ES as a tool to further our understanding of cognitive models of language. We focused on associations and dissociations between cognitive functions within the framework of two non-neuroanatomically specified models of language. Also, we discussed parallels between the ES and the stroke literatures and showed how ES data can help us to generate hypotheses regarding how language is processed. A good understanding of cognitive models of language is essential to motivate task selection and to tailor surgical procedures, for example, by avoiding testing the same cognitive functions and understanding which functions may be more or less relevant to be tested during surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-139
Number of pages23
JournalCognitive neuropsychology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - May 19 2019


  • Awake surgery
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • direct electrical stimulation
  • language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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