The Sciences of Aphasia

From Therapy to Theory

Edited By

  • Ilias Papathanasiou, Technological Educational Institute of Patras
  • Ria De Bleser, Universitaet Potsdam

It is now widely expected that scientific evidence and theory should be used to describe aphasia and aphasia therapy.

The Sciences of Aphasia: From Therapy to Theory provides state-of-the-art review chapters on controversial research and clinical issues in aphasia and aphasia therapy. Contributions from distinguished scholars from all over the world (Europe, America, Australia) cover the range of disciplines involvedin aphasia, including neurology of aphasia, cognitive and linguistic approaches to aphasic therapy, psychosocial approaches, aphasia research methodology, and efficacy of aphasia therapy. This book brings together contributions of all these disciplines and makes a link between theory and therapy from a scientific perspective.

Each chapter offers a current review with extensive references, thus providing an invaluable resource for clinicians, students and researchers involved in aphasia and aphasic therapy including doctors, psychologists,linguists and speech and language therapists.

The papers in this book were presented at the first European Research Conference on Aphasia.

"In order to know what the future may hold for best practice, I recommend that you consult this book."
Dr John C. Marshall

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For clinicians, students and researchers involved in aphasia and aphasic therapy including doctors, psychologists, linguists and speech and language therapists.


Book information

  • Published: March 2003
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-044073-6


"The articles [in the book] are concise, comprehensible, and accessible to a wide audience." Liang Chen, University of Lafayette, Linguist List August 17, 2003.

Table of Contents

List of contributors (J. Marshall). Prospects in the study of aphasia: The nature of the symptom and its relevance for future research (J. Brown). The Neurosciences of Aphasia. The neurology of recovery from stroke (N. Ward, M. Brown). Evidence from basic neuroscience and human studies of pharmacologic therapy (D. Walker-Batson). Neuroanatomical substrates of recovery of function in aphasia: techniques and evidence from neurophysiology (I. Papathanasiou). Subcortical aphasia: evidence from stereotactic surgical lesions (B. Murdoch et al.). Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Aphasia Therapy. Cognitive neuropsychological approaches to aphasia therapy: an overview (R. de Bleser, J. Cholewa). Lurian approach to aphasia therapy - a review (Z. Cséfalvay). Therapy for lexical disorders (A. Basso). Verb retrieval problems at the word and sentence level: localisation of the functional impairments and clinical implications (R. Bastiaanse). Reduced syntax therapy (REST) - a compensatory approach to agrammatism (L. Springer). Functional, Pragmatic and Psychosocial Approaches to Aphasia Therapy. Functional and pragmatic directions in aphasia therapy (L. LaPointe). Conversation analysis and aphasia therapy (R. Lesser). Supported self-help groups for aphasic people: development and research (C. Code et al.). The science or sciences of aphasia? (S. Byng et al.). Methodology and Efficacy in Aphasia Therapy Research. Some psychometric issues in aphasia therapy research (K. Willmes). Single cases, group studies and case series in aphasia therapy (D. Howard). Efficacy of aphasia therapy, Escher, and Sisyphus (R. Wertz). Meta-analysis in aphasia therapy (C. Nye, R. Whurr).