Neuroscience Updates for Right Hemisphere Stroke

presented by Martha Burns

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This course will review the current neuroscience on cognitive and communication disorders associated with focal right hemisphere lesions in adults. The clinical emphasis of the course will begin with a review of symptoms associated with focal right hemisphere lesions including neglect, aprosodia, emotional processing, and visual spatial problems. The newer research from neuroscience on the role of the right hemisphere in neurocognitive processing will then be reviewed. The course will conclude with current theoretical explanations for the range of cognitive/communicative impairments seen after right CVA and an overview of therapeutic interventions.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

    Dr. Martha S. Burns has been a practicing speech language pathologist in the Chicago area for over 40 years. She serves on the Faculty of Northwestern University, department of communication sciences and disorders, and has been a consultant to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 35 years. Dr. Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received honors from Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University. Dr. Burns has authored 3 books and over 100 book chapters and articles. Doody’s Rating Service selected her book on the Right Hemisphere published through Aspen Press as one of the best health sciences books of 1997. In addition to that book, Dr. Burns is the author of a book on aphasia and the test Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition published by The Psychological Corporation.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Pathophysiology

    1. Pathophysiology

    Recognize and discuss historical view of right versus left hemisphere function. Recognize and discuss historical views of symptom complex associated with focal Right. Describe hemisphere lesions – disorders of the corporal and psychic self. Describe the cognitive communication perspective of focal right hemisphere damage. Review and demonstrate Elliot Ross’ Aprosodia classification system.

  2. Neglect Disturbances

    2. Neglect Disturbances

    Identify patterns and characteristic of hemispatial neglect. Review and demonstrate assessment of hemispatial neglect. Review anatomy of neglect and causes of disorders of neglect

  3. Cognitive-Linguistic Neuroscience of Right Hemisphere Review

    3. Cognitive-Linguistic Neuroscience of Right Hemisphere Review

    Describe the Cognitive Communicative study of right hemisphere function. Describe research on Theory of Mind networks in the intact right hemisphere. Describe attentional and visual spatial processes in the intact right hemisphere. Describe the role of the intact right hemisphere in interpretation of actions.