Writing impairments in stroke patients
A new study that aims to find out the cognitive features contributing to stroke-induced writing impairments in two different writing systems – Chinese (logographic) vs. English (phonological) – has been published on COGNITIVE COMPUTATION. This study reveals that constructive praxis is more relevant to impairment classification in characters-based writing (Chinese), while phonological abilities are important features for impairment prediction in alphabetic writing (English). The full article can be found here.
Pragmatic competence of discourse in traumatic brain injury
A new study examining how pragmatic competence is impaired in Chinese speakers with traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been published on BRAIN IMPAIRMENT. This study suggested that applying Gricean maxims in monologic oral narratives can capture the hallmark underlying pragmatic problems in TBI. This can be an additional approach to clinically assess social communications in TBI and its subsequent management. The full article can be found here.