One bird with two stones: Abnormal word length effects in pure alexia and semantic dementia.

@article{Cumming2006OneBW,
  title={One bird with two stones: Abnormal word length effects in pure alexia and semantic dementia.},
  author={Toby B Cumming and Karalyn Patterson and Mieke Verfaellie and Kim S. Graham},
  journal={Cognitive neuropsychology},
  year={2006},
  volume={23 8},
  pages={1130-61}
}
In pure alexia (PA)-an acquired reading disorder consequent on posterior left-hemisphere stroke-the hallmark is a pronounced and abnormal impact of word length on reading speed. Some patients with semantic dementia (SD)-a neurodegenerative condition affecting semantic memory-have also been reported to show an abnormal word length effect (AWLE) in reading, even though they are not thought to have the basic visual-processing deficits hypothesized to underlie this phenomenon in PA. In the current… CONTINUE READING

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