Mapping nouns and finite verbs in left hemisphere tumors

a direct electrical stimulation study

Adrià Rofes, Giannantonio Spena, Andrea Talacchi, Barbara Santini, Antonio Miozzo, Gabriele Miceli

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Neurosurgical mapping studies with nouns and finite verbs are scarce and subcortical data are nonexistent. We used a new task that uses finite verbs in six Italian-speaking patients with gliomas in the left language-dominant hemisphere. Language-relevant positive areas were detected only with nouns in four patients, with both tasks yet in distinct cortical areas in one patient, and only with finite verbs in another patient. Positive areas and types of errors varied across participants. Finite verbs provide complementary information to nouns, and permit more accurate mapping of language production when nouns are unaffected by electrical stimulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-113
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Early online date27 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • direct electrical stimulation
  • glioma
  • language mapping
  • verb
  • noun

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