Vol. 13 nº 4 - Oct/Nov/Dec de 2019
Original Article Páginas: 450 a 462

Remembering a name: neuropsychological validity studies and a computer proposal for detection of anomia

Authors Nora Silvana Vigliecca1,2; Javier Alfredo Voos1,2


keywords: Alzheimer's disease; anomia; cognitive impairment; diagnosis; neuropsychological tests; reliability and validity.

OBJECTIVE: To validate a paper-and-pencil confrontation naming test (CNT) according to side of brain injury; to select a valid and reliable abbreviated CNT wherein the effect of demographic variables is minimized; and to use the selected CNT to develop a computer-aided confrontation-naming evaluation (CACNE).
METHODS: Control data were obtained from 213 healthy participants (HP) aged 15 to 89 years. A subsample of 106 HP was demographically matched to 39 patients with LD and 40 patients with right-hemisphere damage (RD). Anomia definition and CNT cues were considered for the CACNE.
RESULTS: Test-retest and inter-rater reliability, internal consistency, and validity for detecting LD were demonstrated. A significant age effect was observed in HP. The CACNE was developed to detect anomia in interaction with environmental interventions.
CONCLUSION: The inconsistencies observed in the CNT studies were probably due to the presence of anomia in almost 50% of the RD patients.


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