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Confrontation naming in Chinese patients with left, right or bilateral brain damage

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 February 2004

REBECCA W. CHEUNG
Affiliation:
Neuropsychology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
MEI-CHUN CHEUNG
Affiliation:
Neuropsychology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
AGNES S. CHAN
Affiliation:
Neuropsychology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Abstract

Confrontation naming of 52 unilateral or bilateral brain-damaged Chinese patients were examined with a modified version of the Boston Naming Test (BNT). Chinese patients with left or right hemisphere lesions, contrary to studies on English speakers, demonstrated similar levels of naming impairments, supporting the notion that English and Chinese are mediated by different neuroprocessing systems. In addition, the psychometric properties of the BNT on Chinese population were examined. While the test demonstrated satisfactory internal consistency and discriminant validity, level of education was found to be a significant factor affecting participants' performance. A cut-off score of 24 in spontaneous naming yielded a sensitivity of 73.1% and specificity of 75.3% in differentiating normal from brain-damaged participants, suggesting that the modified BNT is applicable to the Chinese population. (JINS, 2004, 10, 46–53.)

Type
Research Article
Copyright
© 2004 The International Neuropsychological Society

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