Modality Performance

The modality performance view is often attributed to the neurologist Alexander Luria, who argued that the type of language deficit observed will vary as a function of whether each language was acquired and used primarily in a written or a spoken mode and whether the injury involved areas that selectively disrupted visual or auditory functioning, respectively. Thus, languages used primarily for reading and writing should recover better if the damage spared posterior, occipital cortical areas, whereas languages used primarily in speech should experience more disruption following damage to more anterior, temporal areas.

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