Processing chinese logographs by chinese brain damaged patients

Ovid J.L. Tzeng, Daisy L. Hung, Sylvia Chen, Jori Wu, Mao Song Hsi

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This chapter presents two sets of studies: the first set discusses the issue of the right-hemispheric representation of Chinese logographs by examining the writing errors of patients with right- or left-hemisphere damage and the second set examines the role of graphomotoric codes in the processing of Chinese logographs. The study participants included Chinese brain-damaged patients. There were indications of a separation of the spatial framework and character reconstruction in the first study. The right-hemisphere patient showed visual neglect in the left visual field but not in writing and copying characters. Left-hemisphere damage patients had more difficulty in performance of the task. Graphomotor processes played an important role in patients tracing the sequence of strokes with their fingers. The studies with the brain-damaged patients provided clear evidence of the predominance of the left hemisphere in processing Chinese words, similar to the processing of other languages, dispelling a lot of myths about the Chinese language processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-374
Number of pages18
JournalAdvances in Psychology
Issue numberC
StatePublished - Jan 1986


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