‘Inner Speech’ in Conduction Aphasia

Todd E. Feinberg, Leslie J.Gonzalez Rothi, Kenneth M. Heilman

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It has been suggested by Kurt Goldstein, MD, that conduction aphasia is a disturbance of “inner speech.” We tested this hypothesis in five patients who had conduction aphasia with similar speech disturbances. The patients were presented with pictures and were required to perform, without overt vocalization, comparisons of word length and homophonic and rhyming matches. Four patients successfully performed such judgments on words they could not vocalize, but one patient could not. These findings suggest that the hypothesis may have been correct for only a subgroup of conduction aphasics. The findings also provide evidence for heterogeneity within the class of conduction aphasia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-593
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Neurology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1986
Externally publishedYes


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