Language and the Alzheimer Brain

Conference paper
Part of the Research and Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Disease book series (ALZHEIMER)


Impairments of language are a common finding in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and it is thus important to gain a modern perspective on the functional and anatomo-pathological meaning of those impairments. It is especially important to incorporate in our picture of Alzheimer’s disease the new data on the neural basis of language, which reveal that specific damage to left temporal and frontal sites causes defects in word retrieval, by far the most common language impairment in Alzheimer’s disease. The following text is a review of recent progress.


Neural System Alzheimer Brain American Sign Word Retrieval Auditory Comprehension 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurology (Division of Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience)University of Iowa College of MedicineIowa CityUSA

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