Inferential processing of context: Studies of cognitively impaired subjects

Joseph F. LeDoux, Cynthia Blum, William Hirst

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Language comprehension tasks involving pronoun coreference were administered to a group of demented patients, a group of patients with cardiac disease, and groups of normal elderly persons and young adults. Pronoun coreference was constrained by either lexical, syntactic, or contextual cues. No differences were found between old and young subjects for any task. While the demented patients were impaired on all tasks, the cardiac patients were specifically impaired in the inferential processing of context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-224
Number of pages9
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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