Recovery of single word comprehension: CT-scan correlates

Ola A. Selnes, Nancy Niccum, David S. Knopman, Alan B. Rubens

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Auditory comprehension for single words, as measured by the BDAE Word Discrimination subtest, was studied longitudinally in a group of 37 aphasic patients. The majority of the patients had impaired performance at 1 month postonset, but recovery by Month 6 postonset was quite striking. Damage to Wernicke's area did not preclude recovery of single word comprehension to within the normal range. Only patients with very extensive left hemisphere lesions had incomplete recovery of single word comprehension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-84
Number of pages13
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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