Colin Lyall Brighton & Hove Connect member looks into new Aphasia research
Why is it that some sentences are easier to produce for
people with aphasia, but others are difficult?
More complicated sentences are more difficult. But it is
also important how often you hear or say a sentence.
'I don't know' and 'You don't know' are very similar.
But 'I don't know' is easier for
people with aphasia to say and understand.
When the brain becomes damaged, these common
sentences become much easier to use.
We call these sentences 'formulas'*.
Some people with aphasia rely on formulas. This is
helpful. But formulas also have their limits. New
situations require new sentences. If you only use
formulas, your brain is not as flexible.
In our research, we are looking at formulas in aphasia.
We use a computer programme to measure how much a
person uses formulas. Our final goal is to use formulas
for therapy. One idea is to use formulas as a starting
point and then loosen them up. This will help people be
more flexible and effective in their communication. Colin and Vitor at UCL.
*A formula is a string of words that
are commonly used together