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Exploring the connections between thinking and speaking

A lot of people with aphasia find it hard to talk about actions and events. For example, they have trouble with verbs and sentences. For example, they may find it hard to describe what happened at the weekend, or to tell the story of a favourite film. We wanted to find out:What makes this difficult? What processes are involved? Do some people 'think' differently about actions and events? What can help? Some people seem to think about actions differently from others. For example, they may have trouble adopting a viewpoint that 'translates' easily into language. Therapy should take this into account. To help people talk about what's happening, we may need to support their thinking. Therapy materials can help with this. For example, they can simplify some of the choices people have to make.

Who is involved: Deborah Cairns, with Jane Marshall and Lucy Dipper at City University. People with aphasia and their relatives helped to design and carry out the assessments

For further information about this project contact: [email protected]

Publications arising from this project:

Cairns, D., Marshall, J., Cairns, P. and Dipper, L. (in press). Event processing through naming: Investigating event focus in two people with aphasia. To appear in Language and Cognitive Processes.

Marshall, J. and Cairns, D. (2005). Therapy for sentence processing problems in aphasia: Working on thinking for speaking. Aphasiology, 19 (10/11), 1009-1020.

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