Comprehension regularity in Broca's aphasia? There's more of it than you ever imagined

Dan Drai, Yosef Grodzinsky*

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We analyze the comprehension data in Broca's aphasia, pooled together by Berndt, Mitchum, and Haendinges (1996). We show that once analyzed properly, these data have statistical structure that is very similar to that revealed by the analysis in Grodzinsky, Pinango, Zurif, and Drai (1999). The suggestion that the latter authors doctored the data to obtain a desired outcome is as false as the claim that the data in Berndt et al. show no regularity. Comprehension scores in Broca's aphasia do have statistical structure, which correlates with syntactic structure. Thus, the role of Broca's area and its vicinity in language processing can be made more precise.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)139-143
Number of pages5
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
StatePublished - 15 Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The preparation of this paper was made possible by NIH Grants 00081 and DC 02984 to the Aphasia Research Center, Boston University School of Medicine, and Israel–U.S. Binational Science Foundation Grant 97-00451 to Tel Aviv University. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Yosef Grodzinsky at the Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University, P.O. Box 39040, Ramat-Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. 139


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