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Scientists Can Predict How Well a Stroke Survivor Will Recover Language Skills Using Computer Simulations of the Brain


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Illustration of a human brain.

Speech rehabilitation experts can predict how well a patient will recover from aphasia, a disorder caused by damage to the part of the brain responsible for producing language, based on computer simulations of the patient's brain.

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TScientists at Boston University and the University of Texas at Austin used computer simulations of the brain to predict the extent to which bilingual Hispanic stroke survivors will recover their language skills.

Neural network models simulate the brain of a bilingual person with language impairment, and their brain's response to therapy in English and Spanish.

The models can highlight the optimal language to focus on in rehabilitation, as well as forecasting post-therapy results.

The models were able to predict therapeutic effects accurately in the treated language, which implied that the simulations could inform healthcare providers' rehabilitation plans.

From The Brink (Boston University)
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