Wednesday Seminar: Cognitive fatigue and language in Multiple Sclerosis

Leena Maria Heikkola will discuss how cognitive fatigue, a typical symptom of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), affects the language of persons with MS. Open to all!


Language disorders in MS have not been studied extensively from a linguistic point of view. Moreover, the effects of cognitive fatigue, i.e. the deterioration of cognitive performance during sustained activity), on language in MS has not been studied at all.

In my talk I will discuss, whether and how cognitive fatigue affects language in Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  I will discuss the possible effects of cognitive fatigue based on neuropsychological and linguistic data. The linguistic data consists of semispontaneous oral narratives, namely Frog Stories. The language of persons with MS will be analyzed both quantitatively as fluency, and qualitatively as coherence.

In conclusion, I will present data pointing to effects of cognitive fatigue on language in MS.

The talk is based on my PhD study.

Published Aug. 18, 2017 1:40 PM - Last modified Jan. 16, 2018 11:25 AM