Artistry and Aphasia

Aphasia affects performance in the arts in different ways. Musical skill is not always affected, probably owing to its cerebral control areas being located in the right rather than left hemisphere. However, among talented musicians there appears to be different representation in the brain for musical abilities.

In the visual arts, the average individual appears to lose some ability but the very talented continue to function without apparent difficulty. This is not the case among professional writers, in whom aphasia has a profound effect on performance.



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