Study Shows Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Affect Reasoning Abilities

by Staff Blogger | February 5th, 2015

Communication is key to upholding personal and professional relationships, but a new study shows that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can significantly affect an individual’s ability to understand basic messages.

Researchers examined the ability of 40 TBI victims to use “gist reasoning” to extract the basic message being conveyed through a piece of complicated text. Their results were compared to those of a control group and the team concluded TBI victims had a harder time taking away the meaning of messages than individuals in the control group.

While members of both groups were of the similar ages, IQs, and socioeconomic statuses, almost 70 percent of study participants in the TBI group scored lower in gist reasoning.

Medical Xpress reports that scientists reasoned the inability to get the takeaway meanings of messages can also have a significant effect on an individual’s ability to perform everyday tasks and skills. This was supported by a correlation between poor gist reasoning scores and difficulties at home or work.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know how difficult it can be to recover from a TBI. That’s why we encourage you to reach out to a Roanoke personal injury lawyer if your life has been affected by a TBI.