Before grad school, I studied aphasia and alexia at the Center for Aphasia Research and Rehabilitation. One project focused on phonological alexia, difficulty reading words with low semantic content (e.g., function words and nonwords: these patients can read hat but not that). In another project, we studied people with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a neurodegenerative disease.
(Getz, Snider, Brennan & Friedman, 2016, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation; Meyer, Getz, Snider, Sullivan, Long, Turner, & Friedman, 2016, Aphasiology)
P.S. That’s not a patient’s brain — that’s mine!