Self-paced reading and sentence comprehension in Parkinson's disease

Anthony J. Angwin*, Helen J. Chenery, David A. Copland, Bruce E. Murdoch, Peter A. Silburn

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Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with disturbances in sentence processing, particularly for noncanonical sentences. The present study aimed to analyse sentence processing in PD patients and healthy control participants, using a word-by-word self-paced reading task and an auditory comprehension task. Both tasks consisted of subject relative (SR) and object relative (OR) sentences, with comprehension accuracy measured for each sentence type. For the self-paced reading task, reading times (RTs) were also recorded for the non-critical and critical processing regions of each sentence. Analysis of RTs using mixed linear model statistics revealed a delayed sensitivity to the critical processing region of OR sentences in the PD group. In addition, only the PD group demonstrated significantly poorer comprehension of OR sentences compared to SR sentences during an auditory comprehension task. These results may be consistent with slower lexical retrieval in PD, and its influence on the processing of noncanonical sentences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-252
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Neurolinguistics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes


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