Carl Wernicke’s Aphasia Case Study By: Trea Johnson, CJ Jasinski, BrittnyTolufashe, Justin Call, and Chase Freeman
Carl Wernicke Aphasiologist – a specialist who deals with speech disorders caused by dysfunction of the language areas of the brain. Carl Wernicke (1848-1905 was one of the leading apshiasiologist of his day.
Background Information In 1873, Carl Wernicke studied a patient that had suffered a stroke. The patient had trouble with speech. After investigation, Wernicke discovered that the patient had a lesion in the temporal region. More specifically, the parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes.
Hypothesis After seeing that the patient had damage in the left temporal region. And also struggle with speech. He hypothesized that the region controlled speech processing.
Location and Function Wernicke’s area is located on the temporal lobe of the left brain. It is responsible for: Language comprehension Semantic processing Language Recognition Language Interpretation
“The Symptom Complex of Aphasia” • “A psychological Study on an Anatomical Basis” • P. Broca had described a frontal center and added speech comprehension • An impairment gave rise to sensory aphasia opposed to motor aphasia • Conduction aphasia, would result from an interruption of the fibers.
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