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spatial cognition

the ability to navigate and to understand the spatial relationship between objects

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stuttering

the tendency of otherwise normal people to produce speech sounds only haltingly, tripping over certain syllables or unable to start vocalizing certain words

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Williams syndrome

a disorder characterized by impairments of spatial cognition and IQ, but superior linguistic abilities

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phoneme

a sound that is produced for language

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morpheme

the smallest grammatical unit of a language; a word or a meaningful part of a word

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sensitive or critical period

the period during development in which an organism can be permanently altered by a particular experience or treatment

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aphasia

an impairment in language understanding and/or production that is caused by brain injury

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paraphasia

a symptom of aphasia that is distinguished by the substitution of a word by a sound, an incorrect word, an unintended word, or a neologism (a meaningless word)

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agraphia

the inability to write

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alexia

the inability to read

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apraxia

an impairment in the ability to carry out complex sequential movements, even though there is no muscle paralysis

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Broca's area

a region of the frontal lobe of the brain that is involved in the production of speech

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nonfluent or Broca's aphasia

a language impairment characterized by difficulty with speech production but not with language comprehension; related to damage in Broca's area

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hemiplegia

partial paralysis involving one side of the body

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hemiparesis

weakness of one side of the body

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Wernicke's area

a region of the temporoparietal cortex in the brain that is involved in the perception and production of speech

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fluent aphasia or Wernicke's aphasia

a language impairment characterized by fluent, meaningless speech and little language comprehension; related to damage in Wernicke's area

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anomia

the inability to name persons or objects readily

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global aphasia

the total loss of ability to understand language, or to speak, read, or write

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connectionist model of aphasia

a theory proposing that left-hemisphere language deficits result from disconnection between the brain regions in a language network, each of which serves a particular linguistic function; also called Wernicke-Geschwind model

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arcuate fasciculus

a fiber tract classically viewed as a connection between Wernicke's and Broca's speech areas

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conduction aphasia

an impairment in the ability to repeat words and sentences

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motor theory of language

the theory of speech mechanisms proposing that the left-hemisphere language zones are motor control systems that are concerned with both the precise production and the perception of the extremely complex movements that go into speech

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dyslexia

a reading disorder attributed to brain impairment; also called alexia

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deep dyslexia

acquired dyslexia in which the patient reads a word as another word that is semantically related

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surface dyslexia

acquired dyslexia in which the patient seems to attend only to the fine details of reading

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split-brain individual

an individual whose corpus callosum has been severed, halting communication between the right and left hemispheres

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contralateral

in anatomy, pertaining to a location on the opposite side of the body

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dichotic presentation

the simultaneous delivery of different stimuli to both the right and the left ears at the same time

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tachistoscope test

a test in which stimuli are very briefly presented to either the left or right visual half field