LEVELS OF IMPAIRMENT IN GREEK APHASIA: RELATIONSHIP WITH PROCESSING DEFICITS, BRAIN REGION AND THERAPEUTIC IMPLICATIONS

Abstract: 

The proposed project concerns aphasia, an acquired language disorder characterized by impairments in production and comprehension.

Aphasia research has focused on different linguistic levels (morphology, syntax, narratives) but few studies have coexamined them to understand their interconnections. Moreover, most research has not correlated aphasic disorders with coexisting neuropsychological disorders, so it is not known which brain structures are critical to language and lead to the purely aphasic symptoms, especially the permanent and severe deficits. Last, few intervention studies have focused on sentence-level therapy based on neurolinguistic research, and most of these have not compared different types of therapy.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. In-depth investigation of the different linguistic levels in aphasia and their interrelations.
  2. Study of the relationship between other neuropsychological disorders and aphasic disorders.
  3. Evaluation of aphasic disorders, their symptoms and level of severity, in relation to the location and extent of left-hemisphere damage.
  4. In-depth investigation of the efficacy of different types of therapy intervention.

The project will be carried out by an interdisciplinary team of linguists, neurolinguists, neuropsychologists, cognitive scientists, neurologists, and speech and language therapists, organized into three groups, the neurolinguistics, the neuropsychology, and the speech and language therapy group. Through the coordinated study of different linguistic levels in aphasia and the connections among them, the relationship of aphasic disorders to other neuropsychological disorders, the relation of left-hemisphere damage to the presence, type and severity of aphasic disorders, as well as the coordinated study of different therapeutic approaches in aphasia and the effectiveness among them, the proposed study will address fundamental issues of neurolinguistics, neuropsychology, and speech and language therapy.

Project info

Acronym:
APHASIA
Scientific Coordinator:
Varlokosta Spyridoula
Research Team 2 Leader:
Economou Alexandra
Research Team 3 Leader:
Papathanasiou Ilias

Stats

I.D.:
977
Mis:
380192
Duration (months):
45
Budget:
600 000.00
Diavgeia:
ΑΔΑ: Β41Ρ9-ΗΩ3

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