Effects of right and left hemisphere damage on performance of the "Right Hemisphere Communication Battery"

E. Zaidel*, A. Kasher, N. Soroker, G. Batori

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A Hebrew adaptation of Gardner and Brownell's (1986) "Right Hemisphere Communication Battery" (HRHCB) was administered to 27 right brain-damaged (RBD) patients, 31 left brain-damaged (LBD) patients, and 21 age-matched normal controls. Both patient groups showed deficits relative to controls and overall there was no difference between the two patient groups. A factor analysis of patients' scores on the HRHCB yielded two interpretable factors, a verbal and a nonverbal one. These factors were not lateralized. Performance of patients on the HRHCB correlated significantly and positively with performance on most tests of basic language functions, measured with a Hebrew adaptation of the "Western Aphasia Battery" (HWAB) and with other cognitive functions measured with standardized neuropsychological tests. There were stronger correlations of HRHCB with subtests of the HWAB in LBD patients and with nonlanguage cognitive tests in RBD patients. In the LBD group, HRHCB subtests' scores correlated negatively with lesion extent in frontal and temporal perisylvian regions. Such localization was not observed in RBD patients. The results argue against selective right hemisphere (RH) involvement in the RHCB, alleged to measure pragmatic aspects of language use, and show, instead, bilateral involvement. The results also argue against a modular organization of these functions of language use, especially in the RH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-535
Number of pages26
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


FundersFunder number
Isreal National Academy of Science and the Humanities
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and StrokeR01NS020187
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation77392


    • Brain damage
    • Language functions
    • Laterality
    • Localization of function
    • Modularity
    • Pragmatics
    • Right hemisphere, hemispheric specialization
    • Stroke


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