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Why should recovery be a cause for concern? An investigation of an unusual pattern of recovery in a man with aphasia

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Abstract

A man with dysphasia who showed an unusual pattern of recovery 11 months post-stroke is described. Models of brain recovery are used to try and explain the rapid improvement in his language functioning following heart failure. Assessments were administered at three separate phases: pre-heart failure, and one and two months post-heart failure. The results demonstrate that there was significant improvement in some tasks but not others: the pattern could be attributed to more effective semantic processing. The findings suggest that further investigation of clients with delayed improvements might help us understand the brain mechanisms underlying language recovery.


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Author(s): Bruce C, Howard D, Gatehouse C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Aphasiology

Year: 2000

Volume: 14

Issue: 7

Pages: 755-769

ISSN (print): 0268-7038

ISSN (electronic): 1464-5041

Publisher: Psychology Press

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/026870300410973

DOI: 10.1080/026870300410973


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