ERIC Number: ED192274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Alexia Without Agraphia in a Composer. Technical Report No. 15.
Judd, Tedd; And Others
The case study of a 78-year-old music composer who had had a stroke revealed that he had a severe reading disturbance, a well-preserved writing ability, and no appreciable aphasia. He continued to read music and to compose. His text and music reading performance under different conditions suggested that this unusual dissociation (alexia without agraphia) was due to four factors: (1) he was unusually talented and knowledgable musically and inferred a great deal about the music he was reading; (2) the symbols of staff music notation are more visually distinctive than the symbols of phonetic language writing systems; (3) in staff music notation, pitch is represented ordinally, and other symbols are also distinguishable by their relative positions and sizes; and (4) in contrast to written language, music notation can be usefully read by interpreting it acoustically, kinesthetically, or in terms of formal musical concepts and it need not be interpreted referentially or in terms of auditory-verbal images. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Dept. of Psychology.; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Harvard Project Zero.; Boston Univ., MA.