Date of Award
Master of Science
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. J.B. Orange
Dr. Michael Strong
Dr. Philip Doyle
Category specific deficits in naming and comprehension for living and nonliving items exist in individuals with brain impairment. No research to date has examined the performances of individuals with ALS on generative naming tasks for these two different categories. The purpose of this study was to examine the nature of verbal category fluency performances for living and non-living items of individuals with ALS and control participants over time. A small sub-group of participants with ALS was significantly different than controls on the number of items generated for all categories with no difference between living and nonliving categories. However, the sub-group did produce more errors in the living categories suggesting that the living categories could be more vulnerable to language impairment in ALS. Additionally, more participants with ALS produced semantically related errors than controls, suggesting language could be affected in these participants. Further research is warranted to provide more insight on the nature of categorical naming impairments in ALS.
Cooper, Erin F., "GENERATIVE NAMING IN ALS: A LONGITUDINAL STUDY" (2008). Digitized Theses. 4293.