Canadian biopsychologist, John Pinel developed an acoustic neuroma, but it was not diagnosed by his family physician. Because of his training and experience as a biopsychologist, Professor Pinel was able to diagnose his own tumor. The tumor was subsequently excised, but not without life-threatening complications. Professor Pinel subsequently designed his own program of rehabilitation based on recent research on neuroplasticity, and his recovery was excellent. In this article, Professor Pinel relates his tumor-related experiences. Two aspects of Professor Pinel's experiences are emphasized. First, he emphasizes ways in which he reacted to his tumor and treatment that were unconventional because of his years of experience as a professor of biopsychology. Second, he emphasizes important insights that he learned from his personal brain-related experiences—things that he did not fully appreciate, despite his considerable experience as a teacher and researcher of biopsychology.
クモ膜下出血後，左前頭葉領域に梗塞を起こした軽度ブローカ失語例が呈した発話運動面の症状，すなわち，(1)無意味3 音節の反復発話困難，(2)有声閉鎖子音の無声化，(3)狭母音無声化困難，の3 点について音声分析的手法で検討した。(1)はブローカ失語の発話運動障害の検索に有効であり，かつ有意味語も加えた反復練習は発話運動面の向上に寄与しうる課題であり，(2)，(3)は共通基盤として喉頭機能と構音器官とのタイミング制御の問題があり，ブローカ失語における AOS の音声学的レベルの事象として重要であると考えられた。とくに，(3)は AOS の臨床特徴である「発話速度低下」，「音·音節の引き伸ばし」などと関連が深い事象であることが示唆され，その改善過程の検索には音声分析的手法が有用であった。用語に関しては特別な主張はなく，“使い慣れた表現”を使えばよいのではないかという立場であり，本論では発話失行を用いた。