Cerebral processing of proper and common nouns: Perception and production following left hemisphere damage

Seung Yun Yang, Diana Van Lancker Sidtis

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The goal of this study was to further investigate hemispheric specialization for proper and common nouns by examining the ability of individuals with left hemisphere damage (LHD) to perceive and verbally reproduce famous names and matched common names compared with the performance of matched healthy controls (HC). Ten individuals with LHD due to stroke and 16 age- and education-matched HC completed recognition and production tasks of famous proper and common nouns. All tasks were designed as split-visual field experiments, modelled after the study done by Ohnesorge and Van Lancker. Results contribute to a better understanding of hemispheric roles in perception and production of famous proper nouns, suggesting that (1) both hemispheres can recognize famous proper nouns, possibly due to a right hemisphere role in personal relevance and (2) production of proper nouns as well as common nouns is associated with left hemisphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-332
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015



  • Aphasia
  • Left hemisphere
  • Personal relevance
  • Proper noun
  • Right hemisphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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