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Right Side Of Brain Learns Language Skills After Stroke

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September 26, 2002
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Washington University School Of Medicine
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When a stroke affects the language areas in the left side of the brain, the right side takes over and learns how to perform language tasks, according to research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study found that patients' right side of the brain is more active than normal during a verbal language task, and that the right side's activity decreases with practice, similar to what happens on the left side of the brain in healthy individuals.

St. Louis, Sept. 25, 2002 -- When a stroke affects the language areas in the left side of the brain, the right side takes over and learns how to perform language tasks, according to research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study found that patients' right side of the brain is more active than normal during a verbal language task, and that the right side's activity decreases with practice, similar to what happens on the left side of the brain in healthy individuals. "This is the first demonstration that learning and, by extension, speech therapy change the way compensatory pathways in the brain work," says Maurizio Corbetta, M.D., head of stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. "This study supports the hypothesis that brain pathways in the right hemisphere are directly involved in the recovery of language after stroke."


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