Proper name anomia in poststroke aphasics: evidence from a multiple-case study

Paolo Vitali, Isabelle Rouleau, Yan Deschaintre, Diana Mina, Marthyne Brazeau, Sylvain Lanthier, Maxime Montembeault, Simona Maria Brambati

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We aimed to characterize difficulties in famous face naming in three poststroke aphasic patients with a lesion limited to the left mid-posterior temporal language regions, sparing the anterior temporal lobe. The patients did not present semantic deficits specific to known people. Nonetheless, they showed difficulties naming famous buildings in addition to famous faces, but they were comparable to healthy controls in generating proper names. Our results support the critical role of the mid-posterior temporal language regions in the lexical retrieval of proper names, namely from pictorial stimuli, in absence of semantic impairments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-572
Number of pages10
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 3 2015


  • famous face naming
  • lexical retrieval of proper names
  • person-related semantics
  • poststroke aphasia
  • semantic variant of primary progressive aphasia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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