Interpreting ambiguous advertisements: The effect of frontal lobe damage

Samantha Pearce, Skye McDonald*, Max Coltheart

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    Despite intact primary language processes patients with frontal lobe deficits often have impaired communication skills including impaired capacity to understand conversational inference. This study examined the ability of three patients with demonstrated frontal lobe pathology to interpret lexically ambiguous advertisements. When compared to a nonbrain-damaged control group it was found that the frontal lobe patients were poorer at comprehending the abstract or inferred meanings inherent in the advertisements. The pattern of performance across the patients did, nevertheless, differ despite a similar end result. These findings are discussed in relation to theories concerning the contribution of the frontal lobes to language function.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)150-164
    Number of pages15
    JournalBrain and Cognition
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 1998


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