Comparison of the performances of a fluent and a nonfluent aphasic on a pantomimic referential task

Robert J. Duffy, Joseph R. Duffy, Patricia A. Mercaitis

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Abstract

The pantomimic performances of a typical Broca's (nonfluent) and Wernicke's (fluent) aphasic were compared with each other and with four normal control subjects on a simple task of nonverbal referential communication. Both aphasic subjects demonstrated only about 50% accuracy in their pantomimic communication. Also, measures were obtained of the motoric fluency of the pantomimes of all subjects and comparisons were made between the fluent and nonfluent aphasics. These measures demonstrated distinct differences in the fluency patterns of the pantomimes of the two aphasic subjects similar to the differences in speech fluency which distinguish and characterize these two types of aphasia; that is, the fluent aphasic pantomimed fluently and like the control subjects and the nonfluent aphasic pantomimed nonfluently. The quantitative and qualitative similarities in the fluency patterns of the speech and the pantomimic behaviors of the aphasic subjects are discussed in terms of their implications for a definition of aphasia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-273
Number of pages14
JournalBrain and Language
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Aphasia
Nonverbal Communication
performance
Communication
speech disorder
non-verbal communication
Aphasic
Referential
communication
Fluency

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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Comparison of the performances of a fluent and a nonfluent aphasic on a pantomimic referential task. / Duffy, Robert J.; Duffy, Joseph R.; Mercaitis, Patricia A.

In: Brain and Language, Vol. 21, No. 2, 1984, p. 260-273.

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Duffy, Robert J. ; Duffy, Joseph R. ; Mercaitis, Patricia A. / Comparison of the performances of a fluent and a nonfluent aphasic on a pantomimic referential task. In: Brain and Language. 1984 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 260-273.
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