Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The autism 'epidemic', is there a sensory perceptual form of autism?

Exploring agnosia, I found the context blindness of simultagnosia, and the object confusion of associative agnosia. So that’s why I still confuse the garlic crusher and the can opener and why I can’t tell people are talking because I just see someone’s mouth moving making noise, then someone else’s but don’t realise they are talking TO EACH OTHER!

And I learned of automobilia in which one can’t recognise vehicles and I remember my frustrated mother hitting me because she had this face blind kid who couldn’t recognise anyone so would treat all as strangers or friends, and couldn’t identify types of cars even though her father owned a car yard. There were drive ins then and my family would go to them. I’d go to the toilet and get into three cars before my parents would spot me running from each and beep the horn. My mother had been afraid I’d be taken by strangers and be unable to name the car. But being hit for something due to brain damage which could no more work than could I sprout a tail, is part of why I’m bothering to write this blog entry.

And I learned of integrative agnosia in Next.............

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

by Oliver Sacks
367pp, Picador, £17.99

It is a remarkable fact that if I merely type "the Mission: Impossible theme tune" or "Beethoven's Fifth", you will probably start humming to yourself. We take it for granted, but how is it possible? What is going on in our brains? Oliver Sacks, the neurologist author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, here devotes a book to the cognitive miracles of music. "It really is a very odd business," he muses, "that all of us, to varying degrees, have music in our heads."

The start of a new beginning.

So I'm pretty much convinced that there is something slightly wrong with my Broca's area*. No, it isn't severe damage, I'm sure. But if you have tried to hold a conversation with me before, you probably know of my tendencies to 1) talk too fast for my own good, causing me to 2) stutter, and 3) have a constant misuse of and unnecessary use of (?) vocabulary words.

*Broca's area is a section of the brain that is involved inlanguage processing, speech production, and comprehension.

According to Wikipedia (aka my best friend):


Two studies were carried out to investigate the effects of presentation of primes showing partial (word-initial) or full overlap on processing of spoken target words. The first study investigated whether time compression would interfere with lexical processing so as to elicit aphasic-like performance in non-brain-damaged subjects. The second study was designed to compare effects of item overlap and item repetition in aphasic patients of different diagnostic types. Time compression did not interfere with lexical deactivation for the non-brain-damaged subjects. Furthermore, all aphasic patients showed immediate inhibition of co-activated candidates. These combined results show that deactivation is a fast process. Repetition effects, however, seem to arise only at the longer term in aphasic patients. Importantly, poor performance on diagnostic verbal STM tasks was shown to be related to lexical decision performance in both overlap and repetition conditions, which suggests a common underlying deficit. next.

This is an excerpt from the paper...

As early as 1836, Marc Dax found that patients who could not speak properly had damage to the left side of the brain, and in 1861 Paul Broca described a patient who could say only one word - Tan (The Brain, 2005). When the patient died, he carried out an autopsy and discovered damage to the patient's left frontal cortex, which became known as Broca's area. In 1876, Karl Wernicke found damage in the posterior temporal lobe (Wernicke's area), connected to Broca's area by a bundle of nerve fibers, the arcuate fasciculus, also caused speech problems. Damage to the arcuate fasciculus causes conduction aphasia, in which people can understand language but their speech does not make sense and they cannot repeat words.

To speak a word that is read, information must travel from the primary visual cortex to the posterior speech area, including Wernicke's area, and from here to Broca's area, and then to the primary motor cortex (The Brain, 2005). To speak a word that


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