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Aphasia is a language disorder, but it may also be accompanied by subtle cognitive impairments including deficits in working memory (WM). These cognitive and WM impairments are hard to quantify as traditionally, performance is assessed with a verbal or motoric response. These measures can be...
Anticipation during language processing: Investigating the use of sentence context during reading in young adultsDownload
The N400 is an event-related potential (ERP) component that has been suggested to be associated with the processing of semantic information. Specifically, researchers have found that the N400 effect is prominent when words are incongruent in a given sentence context. Furthermore, the size of the...
Comprehension monitoring behaviour during reading of connected text in elementary school-children: Comparing eye-tracking and think-aloud methodsDownload
Comprehension monitoring while reading is the ability to recognize that a coherence problem has occurred and that a repair strategy is needed to resolve a discrepancy in understanding. This pilot study examined two methods for detecting incoherence: eye-tracking and think-aloud protocols. The...
Creating a Framework for the First Alberta Aphasia Camp: Literature Review, Interview Results, Logistical Research, and Insights from a Visit to the Aphasia Camp NorthwestDownload
This paper outlines the authors’ efforts in researching and laying the framework for the inaugural aphasia camp to be implemented in Alberta, the Alberta Aphasia Camp (ABAC). This includes a review of previous research discussing the benefits of non-traditional therapy for people living with...
Current Practices of Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Adults with Communication Disorders in AlbertaDownload
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide language-based services which makes working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients uniquely challenging. Alberta is becoming increasingly diverse, but little is known about the ways in which Albertan SLPs are currently serving their...
Traditionally, research on reading comprehension has relied on offline measures such as answering questions after reading a passage. However, for individuals with aphasia (an acquired neurological language impairment), working memory impairments may confound such measures. In contrast,...
Investigating Lesion Size and Neuroimaging Methods with Magnetic Resonance Imaging in People With AphasiaDownload
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of lesion size on performance on various cognitive and linguistic tasks in three individuals with left-hemisphere stroke. Findings from previous research studies have indicated mixed results, with some studies arguing that the location of the...
Neurophysiological mechanisms of reading in alexia: Development of stimuli to examine semantic integration using the N400 responseDownload
In order for speech-language pathologists to improve therapy for acquired reading impairments, it is necessary to gain a better understanding of how sentences are processed during reading. Neural mechanisms underlying reading processes can be examined by using event-related potentials (ERPs)....
Some individuals with acquired reading impairments (alexia) can read words in sentence contexts easier than in list format. It has been proposed that this may be due to relatively intact sentence production processes (Mitchum et al., 2005). In this project, we investigated this hypothesis in five...
Background: In aphasia therapy, there has been a shift in focus from impairment-level intervention towards ones focusing on enhancing life participation. Within Canada and the United States there exist several weekend camps that provide examples of participation-level interventions for people...