Rare Brain Mapping Procedure Provides Unique Picture Of Two Areas Concerned With,,Language Processing and Production

t each site. He also was asked to imitate signs and complex arm gestures. Only six sites showed any motor impairment and just two, Broca's area and the supramarginal gyrus, exhibited consistent impairments to language processing or production.

Corina said basic research such as this is important because science is very interested in being able to provide people with improved communications skills. "One way to improve communications is to discover all the sub parts that are involved in language. To do this, we need to understand where and what portions of the brain are involved so we can develop better interventions to assist people," he said.

"This work also has a practical application to help deaf people who, like hearing people, have seizures. The medical community needs to be aware that it can use the same standardized mapping procedures used on hearing people to identify language areas to ensure better post-operative outcomes on deaf patients. People need to realize that sign languages are real and naturally occurring human languages."

Other members of the UW research team that mapped S.T.'s brain included George Ojemann and Carl Dodrill, professors of neurological surgery; James Brinkley, research associate professor of biological structure; Susan McBurney, doctoral student in linguistics, and Kevin Hinshaw, doctoral student in computer science and engineering.


Contact: Joel Schwarz
University of Washington

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