Event Abstract

Atypical abstract associations in aphasia measured by a semantic space model

  • 1 Lund University, Center for Languages and Literature, Sweden
  • 2 Stockholm University, Department of Psychology, Sweden
  • 3 Malmö University Hospital , Sweden

Semantic similarity between concrete and abstract cue words and free association words was measured for aphasic subjects with left perisylvian lesions using a semantic space model. Aphasic participants showed more atypical associations the more abstract the cue words were. They also generally produced less abstract words than control subjects. The results support models assuming that the meanings of concrete words are represented in bi-hemispheric networks of semantic features in the brain, whereas the representation of abstract words is more dependent on the left perisylvian language network.

Conference: The 20th Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference, The frontal lobes, Toronto, Canada, 22 Mar - 26 Mar, 2010.

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Topic: Neuropsychology

Citation: Roll M, Mårtensson F, Horne M, Sikström S and Apt P (2010). Atypical abstract associations in aphasia measured by a semantic space model. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: The 20th Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference, The frontal lobes. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnins.2010.14.00170

Received: 01 Jul 2010; Published Online: 01 Jul 2010.

* Correspondence: M. Roll, Lund University, Center for Languages and Literature, Lund, Sweden, mikael.roll@ling.lu.se

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