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Listen up: it is time to integrate neuroscience and technologies into aphasia rehabilitation
  1. Matthew A. Lambon Ralph
  1. MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Matthew A. Lambon Ralph, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 7EF, UK; matt.lambon-ralph{at}

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A new study shows the efficacy of high dose self-administered app-based therapy for improving comprehension in post-stroke aphasia and heralds a new future for neuroscience-led, big data aphasia rehabilitation

Imagine the impact on your daily and professional life of not being able to do what you are doing now, extracting meaning from language. This is a fate and frustration that faces many people with aphasia post stroke, in neurodegenerative disease or other forms of brain damage. The clinical demand and potential for efficacious interventions for aphasia are both clear. Aphasia following stroke, for example, is common (around 1/3 in the acute phase).1 Progressive language impairments are a core aspect of the symptom complex in Alzheimer’s disease, over and above the increasingly recognised progressive aphasias.2 3 Speech and language therapies for aphasia can be effective4 5 though there is a need to understand the mechanisms and the bases of the considerable individual differences in therapy effect.

The paper by Fleming et al 6 describes …

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  • Contributors MALR wrote the editorial.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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