An investigation of sensory deficits underlying the aphasia-like behavior of macaques with auditory cortex lesions

Neuroreport. 2001 May 8;12(6):1217-21. doi: 10.1097/00001756-200105080-00032.


Bilateral auditory cortex lesions in Japanese macaques result in an aphasia-like deficit in which the animals are unable to discriminate two forms of their coo vocalizations. To determine whether this deficit is sensory in nature, two monkeys with bilateral lesions were tested for their ability to discriminate frequency and frequency change. The results indicated that although the animals were able to discriminate between sounds of different frequencies, they were unable to determine whether a sound was changing in frequency. Because the animals' coo vocalizations differ primarily in the predominant direction of their frequency change and not in their absolute frequency content, the aphasia-like deficit of animals with bilateral auditory cortex lesions appears to be a sensory disorder.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aphasia / physiopathology*
  • Auditory Cortex / enzymology
  • Auditory Cortex / physiology*
  • Auditory Cortex / surgery
  • Discrimination, Psychological / physiology*
  • Macaca
  • Sensation Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Vocalization, Animal / physiology