Language and discourse

Raksha A. Mudar, Sandra B. Chapman

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Language offers a vivid window into the higher-order cognitive potential of individuals. In particular, discourse, which is language expressed in both spoken and written forms and is typically conveyed as a sequence of sentences that has coherent organization and meaning, is a useful tool to characterize and to strengthen brain health fitness. We discuss the richness of information gleaned from examining discourse in conjunction with traditional language measures in characterizing normal aging, brain disease, and brain injury, and in strengthening brain health fitness with discourse gist-based reasoning training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - 2017


  • Abstraction
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Aphasia
  • Brain health
  • Discourse
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Gist
  • Language
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Reasoning
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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