Wernicke's area

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A region of the cerebral cortex towards the back of the superior temporal gyrus (temporal operculum), between Heschl's gyrus and the angular gyrus, usually in the left cerebral hemisphere, involved in the comprehension of both spoken and written language. Lesions in this area are associated either with Wernicke's aphasia, also called auditory aphasia, receptive aphasia, or sensory aphasia (see under aphasia), or with logagnosia (see under agnosia). See also planum temporale. Compare Broca's area. [Named after the German neuropsychiatrist Karl Wernicke (1848–1905) who discovered it in 1874]

Subjects: Psychology.

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