Author/Editor     Kogoj, Aleš; Mlakar, Janez; Jensterle, Jože; Vodušek, David B
Title     Development of verbal and non-verbal functions after an early brain trauma
Type     članek
Source     Neurol Psychiatry Brain Res
Vol. and No.     Letnik 11
Publication year     2004
Volume     str. 127-32
ISSN     0941-9500
Language     eng
Abstract     It was hypothesised that ealry damage to one hemispehere, results in the remaining hemisphere developing language functions first. Non-verbal functions are expected to be disadvantaged, irrespective to whether right or left hemisphere is damaged. A case of 53-year-old woman offers an opportunity to discuss issues about brain plasticity and the consequences of early brain trauma. Right sided hemispherectomy was performed at the age of 13 in order to tret intractable psychomotoric seizures. In the years following the hemispherectomy her verbal and non-verbal test scores improved significantly. Forty years after surgery, the nonverbal skills of S.P. were still superior to verbal ones. We might conclude that there is probably no priority for verbal nor nonverbal functions.
Descriptors     PSYCHOMOTOR DISORDERS
CEREBRAL DECORTICATION
NEURONAL PLASTICITY
NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
LANGUAGE TESTS
MIDDLE AGE
INTELLIGENCE TESTS
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION