Relational processing following stroke

G. Andrews, G.S. Halford, Ho Keung David Shum, A. Maujean, M. Chappell, D. Birney

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The research examined relational processing following stroke. Stroke patients (14 with frontal, 30 with non-frontal lesions) and 41 matched controls completed four relational processing tasks: sentence comprehension, Latin square matrix completion, modified Dimensional Change Card Sorting, and n-back. Each task included items at two or three levels of relational complexity. Relational processing was impaired in the stroke groups. This was due mainly to items at the intermediate ternary-relational level of complexity. Less complex binary-relational items and more complex quaternary-relational items (the latter are difficult for adults generally) were less sensitive to stroke status. Impairment was greater in frontal than non-frontal stroke patients. Positive inter-correlations among measures supported the domain-general nature of relational processing. Implications for assessment and intervention are discussed. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-51
Number of pages8
JournalBrain and Cognition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Relational complexity
  • Relational processing
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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