Impaired comprehension of nonliteral language in Tourette syndrome.

  title={Impaired comprehension of nonliteral language in Tourette syndrome.},
  author={Clare M Eddy and Ian John Mitchell and Sarah R. Beck and Andrea E. Cavanna and Hugh Edward Rickards},
  journal={Cognitive and behavioral neurology : official journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology},
  volume={23 3},
OBJECTIVE To investigate theory of mind and the understanding of nonliteral language in patients with Tourette syndrome (TS). BACKGROUND In TS, striatal dysfunction could affect the functioning of the frontal cortex. Changes in frontal functioning could lead to impairments in theory of mind: the understanding of mental states, such as beliefs, emotions, and intentions. Poor understanding of a speaker's mental state may also impair interpretation of their nonliteral remarks. METHOD In this… CONTINUE READING
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