Pure Alexia: Causes, Characteristics, and Treatment Alexiais a term that is broadly used to describe the presence of an acquired reading disorder that affects the comprehension of written language. There are several types of acquired reading disorders, which are subdivided into central alexiasand peripheral alexias. Central alexias typically involve impairments in accessing meaning from written ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2006
Pure Alexia: Causes, Characteristics, and Treatment
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  • Swathi Kiran
    University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
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Article   |   April 01, 2006
Pure Alexia: Causes, Characteristics, and Treatment
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2006, Vol. 16, 16-21. doi:10.1044/nnsld16.1.16
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2006, Vol. 16, 16-21. doi:10.1044/nnsld16.1.16
Alexiais a term that is broadly used to describe the presence of an acquired reading disorder that affects the comprehension of written language. There are several types of acquired reading disorders, which are subdivided into central alexiasand peripheral alexias. Central alexias typically involve impairments in accessing meaning from written word stimuli and are influenced by the nature and type of written stimuli. These alexias include surface dyslexia, phonological dyslexia, and deep dyslexia. Peripheral alexias typically involve impairment in the initial processing of visual information and/or mapping the visual stimulus to a stored written word form. Peripheral alexias can be classified into attentional dyslexia, neglect dyslexia, and pure alexia.
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