Language != intelligence? Patients who can't speak or produce language are still smart

BBC article

PNAS article

PNAS commentary

“The researchers made the discovery by studying three patients who were suffering from severe aphasia – they had lost the ability to understand, or produce, grammatically correct language.

For example, although they understood the words “lion”, “hunted” and “man”, they could not tell the difference between the sentences “The lion hunted the man” and “The man hunted the lion”.

But when they were presented with sums like 52 minus 11 and 11 minus 52, which were structured in a similar way, they had no problem. ”

The subjects could also still do arithmetic with expressions with parentheses.

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One thought on “Language != intelligence? Patients who can't speak or produce language are still smart

  1. I know this all too well. After head injury I seem to have ‘verbal dyslexia’
    especially with emotional subjects. In addition, I constantly write backwards,
    putting the last part if the sentence first and vice versa. Exacerbated by PTSD triggers….

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