Language in right-handers with right-hemisphere lesions: a preliminary study including anatomical, genetic, and social factors

Brain Lang. 1983 Nov;20(2):217-48. doi: 10.1016/0093-934x(83)90043-3.


A comprehensive test battery was devised to study the effects of right hemisphere lesions on the speech and language of "nonaphasic" dextrals. Data were thus obtained for 62 subjects, 20 of them neurologically healthy and 42 with a focal right hemisphere lesion resulting from a cerebro-vascular accident. A preliminary global analysis of these data is reported. Anomalies were observed in 33 brain-damaged subjects. Although discreet in all cases, these anomalies were shown to have various degrees of severity. Given the population submitted to this study, the subject most likely to show such anomalies was defined, genetically, as a right-handed adult with a family history of ambidextrality or left-handedness and, socially, as one with a relatively limited education. The implications of these findings are discussed together with the problem of the anatomo-clinical correlations of language disorders resulting from right hemisphere lesions in "nonaphasic" dextrals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / complications*
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / pathology
  • Dominance, Cerebral
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Language Disorders / etiology*
  • Language Disorders / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Speech Disorders / etiology*
  • Speech Disorders / pathology