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Reorganization of cerebral functional activity in persons with aphasia following language therapy

Kuptsova S., Ivanova M., Akinina Y., Iskra E., Kozintseva E., Soloukhina O., Petrushevsky A., Fedina O. N.
A currently relevant issue in neurorehabilitation is how brain areas are reorganized during language recovery after brain damage. Previous studies (e.g. Crepaldi et al., 2011; Rofes et al., 2014) showed that the verb naming task has greater diagnostic value than the traditionally used noun naming. Some studies demonstrated activation of inferior frontal gyrus during fMRI naming verbs in healthy individuals (Berlingeri et al., 2008), as well as deficit in patients with lesions in this area (Rapp & Caramazza, 1997). In this study, we investigated functional cerebral reorganization of verb naming after intensive language therapy and its’ relation to brain lesion location using fMRI.