Dr. Nadine Martin observes as Research Speech-Language Pathologist Francine Kohen tests a stroke patient’s vocabulary comprehension.
Photographed by Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University Photography. Photograph and caption re-printed with permission of Temple Times.
Researchers, clinicians, and students in this laboratory work together to investigate the relationships among language and short-term memory impairments associated with aphasia. Stroke and progressive neurological disorders often lead to changes in language and other cognitive functions. The knowledge we gain through the study of these changes is used to develop better diagnostic measures and more effective treatments for aphasia. The aim of treating both language and short-term memory is to improve overall communication abilities and consequently, the quality of life for people with aphasia.