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This chapter includes a discussion of the symptoms of Wernicke’s aphasia, including impaired auditory comprehension and neologistic verbal expression. Anosognosia, impaired attention, and impaired self-monitoring are discussed as they relate to Wernicke’s aphasia. Current evidence of the neuroanatomical correlates of Wernicke’s aphasia and the role of Wernicke’s area is presented from a variety of experimental perspectives. Theoretical approaches to understanding impaired auditory processing in Wernicke’s aphasia are discussed in relation to perception, recognition, and comprehension of speech. Methods for the assessment and interpretation of receptive and expressive language in Wernicke’s aphasia and jargon aphasia are described within the context of a cognitive model depicting multiple input modalities and output modes of language. Finally, current methods for the treatment and management of Wernicke’s aphasia are reviewed, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice.
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