Focal ventromedial prefrontal cortex damage impairs convergence in discourse

Gupta, Rupa and Duff, Melissa C and Tranel, Daniel (2011) Focal ventromedial prefrontal cortex damage impairs convergence in discourse. [Clinical Aphasiology Paper]

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Abstract

Conversational partners tend to converge (become more similar) on various speech and discourse characteristics, enhancing social affiliation. We examined convergence in the discourse of eight participants with bilateral ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPC) damage and eight healthy comparison participants (NC) each interacting with a clinician. Changes in total words, words/turn, and backchannels were assessed across the interaction by comparing the first ¼ and last ¼ of the session. Preliminary results suggest that convergence was displayed in NC interactions as conversational partners become more similar to one another across variables. In striking contrast, VMPC interactions did not display convergence across any variables.

Item Type: Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Depositing User: Bingmei Yan
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2011
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 12:54
Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference > Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2011 : 41st : Fort Lauderdale, FL : May 31-June 4, 2011)
URI: http://eprints-prod-05.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2250

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