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  • Researchers map brain areas vital to understanding language

    Neuroscience professor Aron Barbey and his colleagues used brain injury data from Vietnam War veterans to map the ability of humans to understand written or spoken language, also known as "discourse comprehension."

    Neuroscience professor Aron Barbey and his colleagues used brain injury data from Vietnam War veterans to map the ability of humans to understand written or spoken language, also known as "discourse comprehension."

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Neuroscience professor Aron Barbey and his colleagues used brain injury data from Vietnam War veterans to map the ability of humans to understand written or spoken language, also known as "discourse comprehension."

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Researchers compared the discourse comprehension abilities of patients with damage to specific brain regions relative to patients without damage to those regions. Each image here represents one slice of the brain; the highlighted areas are those that are important for discourse comprehension.

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  • To reach Aron Barbey, call 217-244-2551; email barbey@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Neural mechanisms of discourse comprehension: a human lesion study,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.