Object-naming by Dysphasic Patients

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IN previous communications1,2 two of us reported that with normal subjects the time taken to name an object is inversely proportional to the logarithm of the frequency of the name-word in the language, as estimated by a standard word-count3. These experiments were originally undertaken to clarify the incapacity to name objects shown by individuals who have suffered some forms of brain injury, and the study has accordingly now been extended to subjects of this kind. The technique has necessarily been simplified and now comprises manual display of cards bearing the 26 pictures of objects originally used, and timing with a stop-watch (1/100 sec) in place of the optical projection and timing by voice-key and pen-recorder in the experiment previously reported.

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NEWCOMBE, F., OLDFIELD, R. & WINGFIELD, A. Object-naming by Dysphasic Patients. Nature 207, 1217–1218 (1965). https://doi.org/10.1038/2071217a0

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