Preserved semantic priming effect in alexia

Masaru Mimura, Harold Goodglass, William Milberg

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Abstract

BH, a left-handed patient with alexia and nonfluent aphasia, was presented with a lexical-decision task in which words and pronounceable pseudowords were preceded by semantically related or unrelated picture primes (Experiment I). In Experiment 2. BH was given an explicit reading task using the word lists from Experiment I. Performance on Experiment 2 disclosed severe reading deficits in both oral reading and semantic matching of the words to pictures. However, in Experiment I, BH demonstrated a significant semantic priming effect, responding more accurately and more quickly to words preceded by related primes than by unrelated primes. The present results suggest that even in a patient with severe alexia, implicit access to semantic information can be preserved in the absence of explicit identification. The possibility of categorical gradient in implicit activation (living vs. nonliving) in BH was also discussed, which, however, needs to be clarified in the further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-446
Number of pages13
JournalBrain and Language
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Sep
Externally publishedYes

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Dyslexia
Semantics
Reading
semantics
experiment
Broca Aphasia
Access to Information
speech disorder
activation
deficit
Semantic Priming
Experiment
Alexia
performance

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Preserved semantic priming effect in alexia. / Mimura, Masaru; Goodglass, Harold; Milberg, William.

In: Brain and Language, Vol. 54, No. 3, 09.1996, p. 434-446.

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Mimura, Masaru ; Goodglass, Harold ; Milberg, William. / Preserved semantic priming effect in alexia. In: Brain and Language. 1996 ; Vol. 54, No. 3. pp. 434-446.
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