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Re: Musical abilities are among the last to be lost in cases of brain damage?
When I got the cc of this message it did not show me that it was also going to
the group. Please forward my response to you to the group as I sent with out
retaining a copy for myself.
Tom Brennan KD5VIJ, CCC-A/SLP
web page http://titan.sfasu.edu/~g_brennantg/sonicpage.html
On Sun, 27 Feb 2005, Isabelle Peretz wrote:
> Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2005 14:15:24 -0500
> From: Isabelle Peretz <Isabelle.Peretz@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Musical abilities are among the last to be lost in cases of
> brain damage?
> Well, Tom, I am sorry to say but the classic view by which non-fluent
> aphasics can sing words they cannot produce otherwise is a myth. When
> carefully tested, non-fluent aphasics produce as few words in singing and
> speaking. In 3 studies (Cohen & Ford, 1985; Hébert et al. Brain 2003;
> Peretz et al. Music Perception, 2004), the results indicate that verbal
> production, be it sung or spoken, is mediated by the same (impaired)
> language output system and that this speech route is distinct from the
> (spared) melodic route. Thus, the classic reports that non-fluent aphasic
> patients are able to sing, may simply reflect the dissociation between
> automatic speech (in singing) and propositional speech, such as in
> spontaneous speech. However, it is true that aphasics enjoy singing much
> more than speaking.
> Isabelle Peretz