Naming is a fundamental aspect of language. Word-finding deficit, anomia, is the most common symptom of language dysfunction occurring after brain damage. Besides its practical importance, anomia gives a fascinating view on the inner workings of language in the brain. There has been significant progress in the study of anomia in recent years, including advances in neuroimaging research and in psycholinguistic modelling. Written by two internationally known researchers in the field, this book provides a broad, integrated overview of current research on anomia. Beginning with an overview of psycholinguistic research on normal word retrieval as well as the influential cognitive models of naming, the book goes on to review the major forms of anomia. Neuroanatomical aspects, clinical assessment, and therapeutic approaches are reviewed and evaluated.
Anomia: Theoretical and Clinical Aspects gives a thorough and up-to-date examination of the research and treatment of naming disorders in neurological patients. It covers both theory and practice and provides invaluable reading for researchers and practitioners in speech and language disorders, neuropsychology and neurology, as well for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students in the field.
Table of Contents
Cognitive models of lexical retrieval. Major forms of anomia. Neural basis of naming. Word-finding difficulties at the clinic. Therapeutic approaches to word-finding difficulties. Conclusions and future directions. References. Appendix.
Matti Laine is a Professor of Psychology at the Swedish-speaking university in Finland, Åbo Akademi. With a background in clinical neuropsychology, he has conducted research on both normal and deficient language processing and their neural correlates over the last two decades.
Nadine Martin has a background in Speech and Language Pathology and Cognitive Psychology and is certified by the American Speech, Language & Hearing Association. She is an Associate Professor in the Communication Sciences Department of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her research in both theoretical and clinical aspects of word retrieval and verbal short-term memory has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for the last two decades.