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Episode 101: Speaking, Reading and Writing – The Brain and Aphasia

Personalizing treatments for people who suffer from brain injuries

AZSCI 101 Brain Aphasia


People who suffer a stroke or brain injury due to car accidents, gunshots or other trauma have a wide range of aphasia symptoms in the areas of reading, writing and speaking. Pagie Beeson is a professor and head of the UA’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She and her research group use a battery of tests on clients in order to personalize treatment based on symptoms and performance on the tests. The tests include reading words, writing words and speaking in addition to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The tests allow Beeson and her researchers to which areas of the brain have been damaged and they can then focus on rehabilitation.

In this episode:

Pelagie (Pagie) Beeson, Ph.D., and Head of the UA’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Tim Swindle, Ph.D., Head and Director of the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Lab

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