Author

Grace Ozinga

Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Poreh, Amir

Subject Headings

Psychology

Abstract

The present study describes the development of a novel confrontational naming test for the assessment of word finding and language abilities, and also serves as a tool for the assessment of effort. The test is comprised of two portions. The first portion consists of 40 colored drawings of day to day objects and is aimed at assessing verbal abilities, particularly word finding deficits. The second portion also involves the presentation of 40 colored drawings, each drawing comprised of the original object that was previously presented and two distractors, objects that were not previously presented. The present study aims to evaluate the reliability and validity of this new measure in addition to providing preliminary normative data, and analyze the relationship between test performance and variables that have been shown to influence naming ability. The study shows that the new test might be useful for assessing both language abilities and effort.

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