The ability to understand ambiguous idioms was assessed in 15 aphasic patients with preserved comprehension at a single word level. A string-to-word matching task was used. Patients were requested to choose one among four alternatives: a word associated with the figurative meaning of the idiom string: a word semantically associate with the last constituent of the idiom string; and two unrelated words. The results showed that patients´ performance was impaired with respect to a group of matched controls, with patients showing a frontal and/or temporal lesion being the most impaired. A significant number of semantically associate errors were produced, suggesting an impairment of inhibition mechanisms and/or of recognition/activation of the idiomatic meaning.

The comprehension of ambiguous idioms in aphasic patients / Cacciari, Cristina; F., Reati; M. R., Colombo; Padovani, Roberto; S., Rizzo; C., Papagno. - In: NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA. - ISSN 0028-3932. - STAMPA. - 44(8):(2006), pp. 1305-1314. [10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2006.01.012]

The comprehension of ambiguous idioms in aphasic patients

CACCIARI, Cristina;PADOVANI, ROBERTO;
2006

Abstract

The ability to understand ambiguous idioms was assessed in 15 aphasic patients with preserved comprehension at a single word level. A string-to-word matching task was used. Patients were requested to choose one among four alternatives: a word associated with the figurative meaning of the idiom string: a word semantically associate with the last constituent of the idiom string; and two unrelated words. The results showed that patients´ performance was impaired with respect to a group of matched controls, with patients showing a frontal and/or temporal lesion being the most impaired. A significant number of semantically associate errors were produced, suggesting an impairment of inhibition mechanisms and/or of recognition/activation of the idiomatic meaning.
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The comprehension of ambiguous idioms in aphasic patients / Cacciari, Cristina; F., Reati; M. R., Colombo; Padovani, Roberto; S., Rizzo; C., Papagno. - In: NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA. - ISSN 0028-3932. - STAMPA. - 44(8):(2006), pp. 1305-1314. [10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2006.01.012]
Cacciari, Cristina; F., Reati; M. R., Colombo; Padovani, Roberto; S., Rizzo; C., Papagno
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