Fractionating the articulatory loop

dissociations and associations in phonological recoding in aphasia

Lyndsey Nickels*, David Howard, Wendy Best

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This paper uses neuropsychological data to differentiate between three models of verbal short-term memory (Baddeley, 1983, 1986; Besner, 1987; Monsell, 1987). The focus is on three tasks: homophone judgments, rhyme judgments and pseudohomophone detection. When lesioned each model predicts characteristic patterns of impairment across these tasks. Thirteen span impaired aphasic subjects were assessed on all three tasks. The patterns of performance unequivocally supported the model proposed by Monsell (1987) which distinguishes input and output phonological buffers. Implications for further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-182
Number of pages22
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes

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