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Dementia & Neuropsychologia

Print version ISSN 1980-5764

Dement. neuropsychol. vol.7 no.2 São Paulo Apr./June 2013

https://doi.org/10.1590/S1980-57642013DN70200004 

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Studies on semantic priming effects in right hemisphere stroke: A systematic review

Estudos sobre os efeitos de priming semântico em acidente vascular cerebral no hemisfério direito: uma revisão sistemática

Juliana de Lima Müller1 

Jerusa Fumagalli de Salles2 

1Doctoral student at the Institute of Psychology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre RS, Brazil

2Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre RS, Brazil. Coordinator of the Núcleo de Estudos em Neuropsicologia Cognitiva - Neurocog


ABSTRACT

The role of the right cerebral hemisphere (RH) associated with semantic priming effects (SPEs) must be better understood, since the consequences of RH damage on SPE are not yet well established. Objective: The aim of this article was to investigate studies analyzing SPEs in patients affected by stroke in the RH through a systematic review, verifying whether there are deficits in SPEs, and whether performance varies depending on the type of semantic processing evaluated or stimulus in the task. Methods: A search was conducted on the LILACS, PUBMED and PSYCINFO databases. Results: Out of the initial 27 studies identified, 11 remained in the review. Difficulties in SPEs were shown in five studies. Performance does not seem to vary depending on the type of processing, but on the type of stimulus used. Conclusion: This ability should be evaluated in individuals that have suffered a stroke in the RH in order to provide treatments that will contribute to their recovery.

Key words: priming; semantics; stroke; cerebrum

RESUMO

O papel do hemisfério cerebral direito (HD) associado aos efeitos de priming semântico (EPS) deve ser mais bem compreendido, pois as consequências de uma lesão no HD nos EPS ainda não são bem estabelecidas. Objetivo: Esse artigo tem como objetivo investigar estudos que analisaram EPS em pacientes acometidos por acidente vascular cerebral (AVC) no HD através de uma revisão sistemática da literatura, verificando-se se há déficits nos EPS e se o desempenho varia dependendo do tipo de processamento semântico avaliado ou dos estímulos utilizados na tarefa. Métodos: Pesquisa nas bases de dados LILACS, PUBMED e PSYCINFO foram conduzidas. Resultados: Vinte e sete estudos foram identificados, dos quais 11 permaneceram na revisão. Dificuldades nos EPS foram encontradas em cinco estudos. O desempenho não parece variar dependendo do tipo de processamento, mas do tipo de estímulo utilizado. Conclusão: Essa habilidade deve ser avaliada em indivíduos que sofreram um AVC no HD, fornecendo tratamentos que contribuirão a sua recuperação.

Palavras-chave: priming; semântico; acidente vascular cerebral; hemisférios cerebrais

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Received: November 26, 2012; Accepted: April 04, 2013

Juliana de Lima Muller and Jerusa Fumagalli de Salles. Rua Ramiro Barcelos, 2600 / sala 114 / 1º andar - 90035-003 Porto Alegre RS - Brazil. E-mail: julianalm@hotmail.com and jerusafs@yahoo.com.br

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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