Sunday, March 16, 2008


After discussing the devastating social consequences following a lesion in Wernicke’s area, I was motivated to delve deeper into the functions of this area. Present research has classified Wernicke’s aphasia as “an impairment of language comprehension and in speech that has a natural-sounding rhythm and a relatively normal syntax, but otherwise has not recognizable meaning.” Are researchers, therefore, claiming that there is no pattern or rhyme and reason to the speech produced by these patients? I have trouble fully believing such a statement when we are still so limited in our understanding of the inner workings of the mind. The example given in class was: “I called my mother on the television and did not understand the door. It was too breakfast, but they came from far to near. My mother is not too old for me to be young.” Although...

Symptoms of Motor Aphasia

Symptoms of Motor Aphasia.–The patient cannot make the muscles of the
larynx, tongue, palate and lips perform their functions and produce
speech. The patient knows what he wishes to say, but cannot pronounce it.
This may be complete or partial. Complete, when the patient can only utter
separate sounds. Partial, when the words are only slightly mispronounced
and when some certain words cannot be pronounced at all. In some cases,
nouns only or verbs cannot be pronounced. Agraphia, means inability to
write down the thoughts. Sensory aphasia: word deafness. This is an....