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Application of semantic feature analysis to retrieval of action names in aphasia

Julie L. Wambaugh; PhD; Morelia Ferguson; MS

Figure. Accuracy of verb retrieval during probes

Aphasia is a condition that results from damage to regions of the brain that control language. Word-finding problems are common to all persons with aphasia. Most treatments for word-finding in aphasia have focused on improving object-naming. However, action names (verbs) are also important in producing language. Little is known about treatments for improving action-naming. Consequently, this study was designed to examine the effects of a treatment for action-naming. We applied therapy with an individual with long-standing aphasia and resulted in improved naming of trained items and increases in the amount of information produced in connected speech.


Volume 44 Number 3 2007
Pages 381 — 394



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