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In the projects on aphasia, we investigate different language deficits that can occur as a result of damage to particular areas in the brain. Language processing is an extremely complex cognitive ability and, in aphasia, various mechanisms subserving the use of language can be affected in many different ways. In addition, individual preferences in using language are relevant since such factors determine which language difficulties are perceived as limiting communication most in a person’s everyday life.

Because of the heterogeneous performance patterns in aphasia, we provide a research-based and hypothesis-driven approach to assessment, intervention recommendations and treatments, which are tailored to individuals and developed further if necessary. We use theories of language processing that are grounded in cognitive science and have evolved from research involving language-unimpaired adults in order to classify and explain aphasic deficits. Our aim is to design intervention procedures that are specific enough to address the affected language functions while targeting at the same time also more general communicative aspects.

This client-oriented approach is reflected in several research projects in that we seek to identify the most suitable treatment method for each patient and evaluate the outcome.

Depending on our capacities, we also provide in depth language assessment and intervention for persons with aphasia. In doing so, we use a research-based, cognitive-neuropsychological approach, in which we consider the individual resources and weaknesses.

Funding for these projects is provided by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS).

Outcome and contributions

Hanne, S. (2016). Kognitiv-orientierte Diagnostik mit LEMO 2.0. In: A. Blechschmidt & U. Schräpler (Hrsg.) Aphasiediagnostik - aktuelle Perspektiven. Basel: Schwabe Verlag. pp. 27-38.

Stadie, N., Cholewa, J. & De Bleser, R. (2013). LeMo 2.0 - Lexikon modellorientiert. Diagnostik bei Aphasie, Dyslexie und Dysgraphie. Hofheim: NAT-Verlag.

Stadie, N. (2010). Sprachstörungen im Erwachsenenalter. In: B. Höhle (Hg.), Psycholinguistik. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

Stadie, N., Drenhaus, H., Höhle, B., Spalek, K., & Wartenburger, I. (2010). Forschungsmethoden in der Psycholinguistik. In: B. Höhle (Hg.), Psycholinguistik. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.


More contributions within the projects: Evidence-based practice, Lexical-semantic knowledge and Sentence processing.